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About MeI attended the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program in the nether regions of the 1990's. After pitching and developing several + read more screenplay projects for film and television in Vancouver and New York, I worked in marketing and public relations, before eventually becoming a professional copy and content writer. During this time I began writing my first novel, DEATH, THE DEVIL AND THE GOLDFISH, followed closely by my second novel, STILTSKIN both published by Curiosity Quills Press. I also occasionally write under the pen name 'Jane D. Everly' for my HAVELOCK series of novels for adults.

The first instalment of an upper middle grade novel series, HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES, is available now from Month9Books and Scholastic Book Club, with the sequel scheduled for release in August 2017.

​I also co-host a geek movie podcast, am working on several new novels, and have a stunning amount of other ideas. I currently live happily in the Okanagan Valley, BC with one beautiful wife, three kids, one evil cat, one needy dog, and a multitude of characters that live comfortably inside of my mind.

I'm represented by Mark Gottlieb at the Trident Media Group, NY. Show Less


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You May Know Me For:
    Literature Types
  • Chapter Books
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • YA Fiction
  • Plays & Screenplays

Published WorksHAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES (MG/YA) (Book #1 of The Elkwood Chronicles) - What has he done? What's happening to him? And what on Earth is that smell? For Colin Strauss, puberty stinks. Blackouts, hallucinations, and lapses in memory are the perils of growing up werewolf. Worse than that, Colin worries he might have had something to do with the recent attacks on the townspeople. He may have eaten a person. It doesn’t matter that it’s someone he doesn’t particularly like. What kind of boy goes around eating people? Foolishly, all Colin can think about is how Becca Emerson finally kissed him for the first time. Yep, hormones are afoot. Yikes! But girls will have to wait. Collin better get himself under control before someone else ends up hurt or worse . . . dead.

DEATH, THE DEVIL, AND THE GOLDFISH (YA/NA/Adult) - From the Bahamas to Heathrow airport, to the rain soaked streets of London the dead have ceased dying.

This is inconvenient for a number of reasons but what’s the real reason behind the chaos?

In London we find Nigel Reinhardt, a disgraced, confused, and gifted London police constable who owns a prophetic goldfish. In Ireland the Angel of Death questions the value and position of his current employment. At Majestic Technologies Celina McMannis works diligently on a top secret project. At the South Pole there lives a very unhappy penguin.

When the Devil hatches a nefarious plot to take over the world by possessing a cute little kitty and seizing a factory of robotic Christmas elves it’s up to Nigel and his group of unlikely companions to save the world or die trying… or both.

STILTSKIN (YA/NA/Adult) - What would you do if you found an evil dwarf in your bathtub?

In Robert Darkly’s case you scream like a girl. And then you get taken on a journey to an entirely different world living just on the other side of our own reality; a world where fairy tales are real but not in the way we’ve come to expect them.

The aforementioned dwarf, Rumpelstiltskin, has escaped the Tower prison of Thiside determined to finish the sinister plot he started so many years ago.

Robert Darkly, oblivious that he is the son of the Mad Hatter, must partner with the mysterious 'Agency' to pursue Rumpelstiltskin across our world and the world of Thiside and uncover the treacherous secret that threatens to throw both realities into eternal chaos.

Speaking InformationOver the past decade, I've presented to over 200 classes on storytelling, publishing, and digital arts. My experience in professional copywriting and + read more publishing acquisitions along with an ever-growing writing career has provided me with a comprehensive knowledge of the publishing industry that I'm more than happy to share with kids, students, adults, and pretty much anyone who will listen.

Presentations range from 30 to 90 minutes. An interactive 45-60 minute Storytelling Workshop can be added to any presentation and tailored to any age group. There’s no limit on the amount of students per presentation or workshop and content can often be tailored to specific curriculum or knowledge requirements per school.

Fees are negotiable based on number of presentations, travel distance, etc. Please contact me for full details at abuckley23@gmail.com. I'm currently booking for the remainder of the 2016/2017 school year and now taking advanced bookings for the 2017/2018 school year.

ELEMENTARY PRESENTATION - 45-90 minutes - $150.00
This presentation covers my journey as an author, starting out as a screenwriter before turning to novel writing, and eventually getting published in 2012 because of a cat (that’s right, a cat). I talk about my love of fairy tales and myths, where I get my inspiration, and writing HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES. Depending on time constraints and the
age of the kids, I also have a reading of an interactive fairy tale story called ‘The Tragic Tale of the Messy Wizard’. Questions are encouraged throughout.

MIDDLE SCHOOL PRESENTATION - 45-90 minutes - $150.00
The presentation covers my journey as an author, starting out as a screenwriter, working in film in Vancouver before turning to novel writing, and eventually getting published in 2012 thanks to a cat and twitter. I talk about my love of fairy tales and myths, how to use social media productively, where I get my inspiration, and writing HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES. Depending on time constraints, I also have a reading of an interactive fairy tale story called ‘The Fateful Passing of Gnimrog the Gnome’. Questions are encouraged throughout.

HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTATION - 45-90 minutes - $150.00
The presentation covers my journey as an author, starting out as a screenwriter, working in film in Vancouver, turning into novel writing, and getting published in 2012 thanks to a cat and twitter. I talk about my love of fairy tales and myths, how to use social media productively, writing HAIR IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES, and the different avenues to successfully publishing in today’s dense literary landscape. Depending on time constraints, I also have a reading of an interactive fairy tale story. Questions are encouraged throughout.

THE ‘NOT SO HAPPILY EVER AFTER’ STORYTELLING WORKSHOP - 60 minutes - $200.00
The interactive storytelling workshop includes a short presentation about story and plot, character archetypes, three act structure, and how to plan out your writing projects. Then, as a group, we build a story using ideas from the students themselves. For middle school and high school students, the kids are broken into groups to build their own stories and then pitch their ideas. The structures that are created can then be used as an in-class writing assignment at the teacher’s discretion.

VIRTUAL CLASSROOM VISITS - $50.00
If I can’t physically make it to your location, I’m more than happy to do a 20 - 30 minute AMA (Ask Me Anything) Q&A Virtual Classroom Visit. The virtual visit can be conducted either via Skype, Google Hangouts, or Join.me.

BOOK ORDERS/BOOK SIGNINGS - Free
Book orders and signings can be arranged upon request. Please contact me at abuckley23@gmail.com for more details.

CAN'T SCHEDULE A VISIT, VIRTUAL VISITS NOT POSSIBLE? No problem! - $60.00
I’ve created a 15 minute virtual author visit based on my author presentation that includes some content with slides used in my live presentation. Unlike a Skype appointment, you can show this video at your convenience, stop and start as needed, and replay as many times as you'd like. After arrangements are made, I’ll send you the link to the video. I will follow up with a personalized recorded video Q&A answering your students’ questions, up to 30 minutes.

Contact Andrew at 250.826.4779 or at abuckley23@gmail.com for schedule availability.
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    I Will Travel To:
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Gulf and Vancouver Islands
  • Thompson Okanagan
  • Northern British Columbia
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
  • Kootenay Rockies
  • The Territories
  • Canada - beyond BC
  • USA

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Grades K-3
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • High School
  • College / University / Adult

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Testimonials"Andrew's energy and ability to connect with all students was unbelievable! What an engaging + read more presentation! We've already decided to book Andrew to work with all of our grade 7s next year." - Dayna Hart, Teacher Librarian, Constable Neil Bruce Middle School, BC Show Less “We loved having Andrew come in and work with our middle schoolers. Andrew's presentation was + read more lively and engaging. He motivated students to take on their own successful creative writing projects. It was a lot of fun!” - Danielle Calder, Teacher, Coldstream Middle School, BC

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“Andrew brought a great level of excitement about writing and storytelling to the school. He had + read more the kids jumping out of their seats to participate in his storytelling activities.” - Aaron Cassidy, Teacher-Librarian, Glenrosa Middle School, BC Show Less
Awards and Recognition:Awards of Honourable Mentions for 'Hair in All the Wrong Places' at:

The 2016 San + show more Francisco Book Festival
The 2016 New York Book Festival
The 2016 Hollywood Book Festival Show Less

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