Just wanted to give you an update about what’s going on with Panda and other things! Here are some important dates and this will be continually updated as more dates are added on.
Panda the Very Bad Cat-At Blossoms Day Care in Binbrook on Tuesday, February 14th to spread the love! Valentine’s day with Panda the Very Bad Cat will be awesome and I know that he has a couple of treats up his sleeve!
Blogging 101-An introductory and extension of the first course that I taught about blogging will be at the Turner Park branch of the Hamilton Public Library on Thursday, February 16th at 7 p.m. You won’t want to miss this! Lots of great info.
Panda the Very Bad Cat-Book signing with the author Lacey L. Bakker at Chapters Waterloo (428 King St. North, Waterloo) will be taking place from 1-4 p.m. Come and get your book signed and personalized and remember that a portion of the proceeds from each book sold is donated to animals in need!
Family Fun Day-On Monday, February 20th (Family Day in Ontario) come and check out Family Fun Day hosted by The Parent Bazaar at the Caledonia Fairgrounds! It runs from 9-4 and Panda the Very Bad Cat will be there as well as the author Lacey L. Bakker. There will be a few live readings of the book, a chance to purchase your copy and the opportunity to get your very own book signed and personalized by both Panda and the author! Sure to be a great day, hope to see you there!
Panda the Very Bad Cat-Come and get your copy of Panda the Very Bad Cat signed and personalized by the author Lacey L. Bakker who will be at the Niagara Falls Travelling Flea Market at the Scotiabank Convention Centre on Saturday, February 25th from 10-6p.m. Hope to see you there!
Of course, I’ll be attending a number of schools during the month of February as well and will be presenting my book to the students in JK to grade 2. Stay tuned for more upcoming events!
I’m excited to be at Coles Seaway Mall in Welland on Saturday, February the 4th from 1-4pm! I’ll be signing and personalizing copies of Panda the Very Bad Cat and I’ll have complimentary colouring pages available! A portion of the proceeds from every book sold will be donated to animals in need. Hope to see you there!
Did you know that Panda the Very Bad Cat is a Tuxedo type of cat. Tuxies, as they’re affectionately called, are pretty special! Here’s some interesting facts about them: Click on the link below to read all about them!
Awhile back you may have read that we were having a contest where the winner would receive a free, signed copy of Panda the Very Bad Cat! The contest was remembering the names of all of the characters in the book and I’m happy to say a big Congratulations to Michael C. of New Brunswick!
He sent me an e-mail with the correct names and now I’m sending him his very own, personalized copy of Panda the Very Bad Cat signed by yours truly and Panda himself!
Here are the answers Michael gave:
Girl: Megan (Meghan) yes!
Great job Michael! Thanks for being a reader and for following this blog! Congratulations!
January 9, 2017-People often ask me how I got started with writing, what inspires my stories and how I get ideas so I’ve decided to dedicate today’s blog post to those questions. Today will deal with the first question and subsequent entries will explain the rest.
How I got started:
I’ve always had a huge imagination, ever since I was a kid. Sure, I used to write stories and such but I never really wanted to be a writer. Truth be told, I didn’t really think about the books that I read or how they came to be when I was up late reading a hand-me-down copy of The Baby Sitter’s Club.
I wanted to be the person who went out onto the ice during an NHL game and stitched up the hockey players! Talk about a totally different path! I remember that in the third grade, my friends and I decided to write stories about our “crushes,” and mine just happened to be the amazing Cam Neely (of Boston Bruins glory back in the day). I dug out some paper and filled seven lined pages with a story where he fell madly in love with me! (I was only nine years old by the way:) This is my first solid memory of my love affair with writing.
My creative writing started to wane as I got older and school assignments became more of a priority. I didn’t care about writing really but I still had a huge imagination.
I can’t remember the particular day this happened or how the conversation went exactly but I think it was my mom who bugged me to write a story about our farm cat named Panda. It probably went something like this, “You should write a story about Panda! He’s been into (fill in the blank) again!” I heard this about a dozen times before I did anything about it. Then, one day, I wrote Panda the Very Bad Cat (plus the 2 other books in the series) and my husband suggested that I go all the way with it! And the and the rest is history.
So I’d like to thank my mom for bugging me to write a story about a black and white cat who’s actually a real pain in the butt! Without her “encouragement,” I wouldn’t be able to share his story with you today. I’d also like to thank my husband for his constant support, love, and vision of everything Panda. Oh, and I’d like to thank my brother-in-law for naming Panda:) and letting me off the hook with a royalty percentage:D
So there it is! The story of how I got started. Maybe a little less magical than one would have thought, but the truth is…it’s magic to me.
A HUGE thank you to everyone who has liked our page! We truly appreciate your support, comments and kind words as we continue on our tour this year. Thanks again for everything and I look forward to meeting those of you I haven’t been able to yet. See you soon!
Here’s what people are saying about Panda the Very Bad Cat! I’ll continue to post more reviews over the next coming months. Thank you for your feedback.
JF MacDonald reviewed Panda The Very Bad Cat – 5 star
Bought Panda and the Very Bad Cat today for my nieces! They absolutely loved it. It was so nice to meet the author too. Wishing Panda all the success and mischief in the world!
Cin Edwards-I love the title of your book. This is my cat Panda He turned 6 in June. He is a brat. I will have to look for your book.
Thank you for donating a copy of Panda to help raise money at our bake sale! Such a great book!
Quiz time! Can you name all of the characters in Panda the Very Bad Cat? If YES, your name will be automatically entered to win a personalized, signed copy of Panda the Very Bad Cat!
Post your answers in the comments section and Good Luck!
I’d like to wish you all an incredible new year and I hope that it is off to a great start! Just wanted to let you know that Panda the Very Bad Cat has a packed schedule coming up and I’ll be posting where you can find him as well as what we are up to at Pandamonium Publishing House. Lots of exciting tour dates coming up and I’ll post those as we get a bit closer!
Saturday, January 21st– I’ll be teaching a drop-in class at Sherwood Public Library about blogging 101 if you’d like to join me! It’s going to be very informative and interesting, so if you’ve ever wanted to join the blogosphere now is the time!
Saturday, February 4th-I’ll be at Chapters/Indigo/Coles in Welland from 1-4 signing books and personalizing them.Come out and see me if you’re in the area! I love to meet my readers in person!
Sunday, February 5th-I’ll be at the Grimsby Public Library for Literacy day! Panda the Very Bad Cat will also be there in all of his, furry, mischievous glory! Come and get your photo taken with him and have me sign and personalize your very own copy of Panda the Very Bad Cat!
Thursday, February 16th– I’ll be teaching Blogging 101 at the Turner Park Library. It’s a great introductory course to blogging and by the end, you’ll feel confident and capable. I hope you’ll join me at 7 pm.
Saturday, February 25th– I’ll be in Niagara Falls from 10-6 with copies of Panda the Very Bad Cat. More details to follow on event title and location.
Stay tuned for more dates and excitement! 2017 is going to be the best year yet!
December 30, 2016- As I sit here typing and reflecting on the past year (instead of cleaning my house like I should be:) I know that I have so much to be grateful for.
I’d like to thank every single person who purchased, talked about, flipped through, listened to me read etc. Panda the Very Bad Cat. You are one of the many reasons why my 2016 was so wonderful. It was an absolute pleasure to go to events, go into schools and into the community to share Panda’s story. I truly hope that this silly, entertaining, naughty cat brought you as much joy as it did to me as I wrote it. That’s really the point as a writer and a human being, isn’t it? To spread as much joy as possible. I sincerely hope that I’ve done that because you’ve given me so much to be joyful about.
The best part is, that this is only the beginning! There is so much more to come. More stories to be told and more emotions to evoke and more to be thankful for. So my wish for you dear friend as we embark on an amazing year to come is that this year will be exactly what you make of it! Make it happy, make it healthy, caring and wise. Make it exciting, fun and adventurous, make it anything you want it to be because only YOU have that power. 2016 for me was magical…I hope it was for you too, depends on how you look at it. Yes, we may have lost a lot of things and people in 2016 but look at what we have to gain…love, understanding, peace, trust, and hope.
So I hope that 2017 is exactly what you decide for it to be.