PRICK: Confessions of a Tattoo Artist (Tightrope Books, 2011)
Meet twenty-one year old Anthony “Ant” Young: an artist, an asshole, an anti-hero. After fleeing a violent home life in Calgary, Ant moves to Victoria, BC, where he earns his tattooing apprenticeship under Hank the Tank, a founding member of the powerful Lucifer’s Choice motorcycle gang. Under Hank’s guidance, Ant learns the craft and business of tattoo, but he is also exposed to a vicious and frightening criminal underworld. Written in intense, rapid-fire bursts, PRICK explores themes of addiction, desire, and remorse. As Ant’s life spirals out of control, he struggles to hold on to the one thing he really cares about in this unforgettable, disturbing, and darkly funny tale.
The New Normal (Orca Book Publishers, 2013)
This Young Adult novel is narrated by sixteen year old misanthrope Tamar Robinson as she navigates through a series of tragic and absurd events. Her twin sisters recently died in a car crash and Tamar is losing her hair. Her mother has become obsessed with yoga; her father has turned to beer. While grappling with the devastation of her hair loss, Tamar is fired from her first job, lands a role in the spring play, is suspended from school, and robbed at gunpoint. Somehow, she manages to survive it all, with the support of her best friend, Roy.