• Biography

    After a career in advertising and television, Vicki wrote her first novel, The Puppet Wrangler, in 2004. She was immediately hooked on writing for YAs. Quid pro Quo, her next novel, quickly became a bestseller and won The Arthur Ellis award for Best Juvenile Crime fiction. Since then she's written ten more young adult novels and has been nominated for over twenty-five major awards. Vicki also has a particular interest in reluctant readers.

    Since 2004, Vicki has visited many schools in Nova Scotia and across the country.

    Vicki lives in Halifax with her husband and three children.

     

    Publications
    • Betsy Wickwire's Dirty Secret, HarperCollins, 2011  ISBN: 9781443409162

    • Not Suitable for Family Viewing, HarperCollins, 2009  ISBN: 9781554681808

    • B Negative, Orca Soundings, 2011  ISBN: 9781554698417

    • Comeback, Orca Soundings, 2010  ISBN: 9781554693108

    • Nine Doors, Orca Currents, ISBN/ISSN: 0176530037

    • Res Judicata, Orca, 2008 ISBN: 9781551439402

    • I.d. Orca Soundings, 2007. ISBN: 9781551436944.

    • Pigboy. Orca Currents, 2006. A high-low thriller for 10-14 year-olds.

    • Dead-End Job. Orca Book Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-55143-378-8. A high-low thriller for teens.

    • Quid Pro Quo. Orca Book Publishers, 2005. ISBN 1-55143-394X (hc); ISBN 1-55143-370-2 (pbk). A comic legal thriller for 10-14 year-olds.

    • The Puppet Wrangler. Orca Book Publishers, 2004. ISBN 1-55143-304-4. A comic adventure novel set in the children's television industry. For 8-14 year-olds.

    • The Dreadful Truth. A comic non-fiction series for 10 to 14 year olds. The first book of the series The Dreadful Truth about the Halifax Citadel. Formac, 2003. ISBN 0-88780-599-X.

    • TV Productions
      • Scoop and Doozie. A 65-episode preschool puppet comedy on CBC Playground.

      • The Creeps Next Door. Tween ghost series developed with CBC.

      • Aggie@agony.com. Tween comedy series developed with YTV.

      • Ollie's Adventures. Collideascope Productions - scripts for "Raisin'Hell", "What a Pain in the Neck!", "Wolfman Zack"

      • Theodore Tugboat. Cochran Entertainment. - 10 scripts

      • Food Fun Frenzy. TVO. - scripts for "Harvest Party", "Under the Sea Party".

      • Big Comfy Couch. Radical Sheep Productions. - scripts for "The Big Brain Drain", "Clothes Make the Clown" (story), "Earth to Loonette" (story).

      • Sesame Park. CBC - 31 scripts

      • Skinamarink TV. - scripts for "Lost and Found", "Fast and Slow", "Pretending", "Fun", "Communication", "Moods".

      • Works. Salter Street Productions - scripts for "Crayons", "Surfboards", "Baskets", "Tee-shirts", "Eyeglasses", "Glass-blowing", "Bicycles", "Waterbomber".

    Awards
    • Winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Juvenile Crime Novel; 'Quid Pro Quo'

    • Silver Birch Honour Book; 'Quid Pro Quo'

    • Edgar Allan Poe Nominee; 'Quid Pro Quo'

    • CLA Children's Book of the Year Nominee; 'Quid Pro Quo'

    • Ann Connor-Brimer Award; 'Quid Pro Quo'

    • Winner of Young Canada Reads, CBC New Brunswick; 'The Puppet Wrangler'

    • CLA Children's Book of the Year nominee; 'The Puppet Wrangler'

    • Silver Birch Award nominee; 'The Puppet Wrangler'

    • Hackmatack award nominee; 'The Puppet Wrangler'

    • Named "Best Book of 2004" by Resource Links, VOYA and the OLA; 'The Puppet Wrangler'

    • Advertising Copywriting Awards
      • International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Gold Quill: IWK Children's Hospital Campaign

      • Canadian Association of Professional Advertising Agencies (CAPAA) Gold: IWK Children's Hospital Gold: ACOA Tourism Bronze: Canadian Unity

      • IABC Silver Leaf Award: IWK Children's Hospital

      • CAPAA Bronze: Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

      • Art Directors Club of Toronto Gold: Hewlett Packard Workstation Merit: Hewlett Packard LaserJet Merit: Minwax

      • The Maggies: Queen Elizabeth Hotel Campaign

      • Marketing Awards Bronze: FCB Christmas Card

      • Art Directors Club of Toronto Merit: FCB Christmas Card

      • Art Directors Club of New York Distinction: FCB Christmas Card

      • Art Directors Club of Toronto Merit: Rogers Cable Merit: Lufthansa

      • NAAN Bronze: MT&T