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!
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!
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 have some very exciting news to share with you about some up and coming titles from Pandamonium Publishing House AND their release dates! Hold onto your hats because it’s about to get very busy around here!
Deer Diary-This children’s picture book will be released on October 1st 2017! Follow Duncan the Deer on an exciting and sometimes stinky adventure in the woods where he lives. He records everything he sees, hears and smells in his diary! A hilarious read with an awesome cast of characters sure to entertain readers of all ages. I’m excited to announce that this book will be 100% Canadian and will be illustrated and designed by Sheridan College students. I can’t wait for you to see it!
The Old Farmer’s Treasure-This chapter book will be released on January 15th 2018! A great read for kids in grades 3-6. Join three cousins as they go on an adventure to unearth the greatest treasure of their lives…the only question is, will they survive the traps set to dissuade them in order to reach the riches?
Stay tuned for more updates and more release dates. Plus, there will be more information coming soon on how to pre-order!
Here’s to a successful 2017!
I’m so excited to announce that we are currently getting our site up and running for Panda the Very Bad Cat! It should be done within the next few days. Stay tuned for lots of fun contests, giveaways, and trivia about Panda the Very Bad Cat. I’ll also be publishing some special posts about being an author and what it takes to get a children’s book off the ground. I’ll also tell you where you can get your very own copy of Panda the Very Bad Cat and how you can even request that he comes to your school to do a reading with the author. I’ll even show you some really cool, behind the scenes stuff too! AND…some top secret stuff about new books that I’ll be publishing soon:)
I look forward to connecting with you and I hope that you feel the same way!