Short story writer Andy Flanagan wasn’t always good with words. Growing up, he could barely read, and he compensated by memorizing words and reciting assignments that were in his head, not on paper. Andy failed several grades in junior high and began seriously contemplating leaving school to go to war in Vietnam, before his school and parents finally realized he was dyslexic. After being sent off to summer school at Bishop’s, Andy slowly gained confidence in himself and learned to read through a series of unconventional teaching methods.

“How I ‘Laerned’ To Read was written to encourage anyone with dyslexia to persevere,” says Flanagan. “Watching some of my grandchildren struggling with the same reading problem that I had has encouraged me to tell my story, hoping that they too will take heart, learn to cope and figure out how to read.”

Twenty per cent of proceeds from the sale of How I Laerned to Read will support the IWK Foundation.

How I Laerned 200x300 New Brunswick Writer Talks about Growing Up Dyslexic in How I “Laerned” to Read










Available now from Storenvy, iTunes, Kobo and Kindle.


What is it about?

Living with dyslexia and learning in new ways.

Who will read it?

Anyone who has struggled with learning, especially reading, or anyone who has learned a new skill in an unexpected way.

When is it releasing?

November 25, 2014

About the Author:

Andy Flanagan was born in the small rural New Brunswick community of Belledune. He grew up in a maritime setting, next to the sea. As a child, the beach and the bay were his playground. The salt in his past is obvious in many of his current writings.

After graduating from high school, he studied business and completed an apprenticeship program in finance. He returned to his seaside hometown and became self-employed. He has written a lifetime of short stories and a number of manuscripts. He has had numerous stories published in local and national newsprint and on the CBC website. How I “Laerned to Read” is his first venture into e-publishing.

Andy is a member and director of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick. He is an active member in a number of national and provincial bodies and is an executive member of a local environmental association.



Fierce Ink Press Co-Op Ltd. will expand operations by adding two new partners: Allister Thompson, editorial director, and Sarah Sawler, marketing & communications executive.

“It’s an exciting time at Fierce Ink Press and I’m ecstatic about adding such talent to the team,” says co-founder Kimberly Walsh, who will contribute her skills to the new role of print & EPUB production specialist. “The company has seen continued growth and recognition in the industry over the course of two and a half years. We’ve produced high-quality books for the young adult market that have been well-received by readers, and we’ll continue to do so as we expand our operations.”

Thompson started his publishing career in 1998 with Napoleon Publishing, where he spent the next 13 years managing the company’s editorial operations in children’s and YA fiction, as well as literary and crime fiction. He was a senior editor for Dundurn Press from 2011-13, editing and acquiring both fiction and non-fiction titles, and has run Allister Thompson Editorial, a full-service editorial operation, since 2013. Books he has edited and acquired have won or been shortlisted for such awards as the Silver Birch, Red Maple and Arthur Ellis Awards, among others.

“I could not be more pleased to be joining Fierce Ink Press in bringing the talents of Canada’s most interesting new young adult authors to the market,” says Thompson.

Sawler brings extensive bookseller experience, gained from her work at Woozles Children’s Bookstore in Halifax. Currently, she works as a freelance writer specializing in copywriting, web writing, social media and magazine writing. In addition to her regular contributions to Halifax Magazine and Atlantic Business Magazine, she also writes and reviews books for a number of other publications, including Quill and Quire, The Chronicle Herald and Atlantic Books Today. In 2014, she wrote a Fierce Short titled “Leaving for Good.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining Fierce Ink Press during such an exciting period of growth,” says Sawler. “And the chance to work with authors like Kat Kruger, Angela Misri and all the other talented people on their roster? It’s a dream come true for someone who spent most of her childhood walking into telephone poles because she couldn’t pry the book away from her face.”

Both Thompson and Sawler will assume their roles effective December 1, 2014. While Fierce Ink Press expands operations with the addition of two new partners, co-founder Colleen McKie has announced her departure by year-end to pursue other endeavors.

“With her previous experience as a book blogger, Colleen’s enthusiasm for the printed word is unrivaled,” Walsh says. “It’s been a fruitful partnership and I wish her all the very best in her future pursuits.”


Sevigny has written a charming debut. With a keen eye for setting and character, I found myself laughing and hoping right along with Jessica.” — Catherine McKenzie, bestselling author of Spin and Spun

Alisha Sevigny’s debut novel, Kissing Frogs, publishes November 18 in Canada with Fierce Ink Press. Kissing Frogs is a smart and funny retelling of “The Frog Prince” with an environmental twist. It follows teen Jessica Stone as she heads off to Panama with her school’s conservation club in an effort to pass biology.

In celebration of the release, a Kissing Frogs launch party will take place November 23 at College Street Bar in Toronto from 7 to 9 p.m. Sevigny will read from her novel and signed copies will be available for purchase (cash only).

Sevigny will also take part in the inaugural Hear Here Salon in Toronto on November 20, along with fellow Fierce Ink Press author Angela Misri (Jewel of the Thames). In mid-December Sevigny will embark on a book tour in Terrance, Smithers and Kitimat, BC (details to follow at a later date).

KissingFrogs COVER 200x300 Alisha Sevigny’s Kissing Frogs Introduces Readers to a Funny and Smart Retelling of The Frog Prince









Kissing Frogs is currently available for purchase in Canada on Storenvy, Kobo, iTunes and Kindle.

What is it about?
Being true to who you want to be, not who you think you should be.

Who will read it?
Anyone who loves a great story with elements of romance, smart dialogue and environmental elements.

When is it releasing?
November 18, 2014

About the Author

Alisha Sevigny holds a degree in Sociology and Professional Writing from the University of Victoria, is a film school graduate and former literary agent. A shameless romantic, Alisha and her husband have traveled the world together. On a trip to Panama she fell in love with the country, culture, and their national emblem, the Golden Frog. She was inspired to write her first young adult novel, Kissing Frogs. Born and raised in Kitimat, British Columbia, Alisha has always had a strong connection to the environment and conservationist spirit. She now lives in Toronto with her family. You can find her at

Social Media Links
Twitter: @alisha7e


Curious about whether he’s a keeper or if you should kick him to the curb? Kissing Frogs author Alisha Sevigny dishes the dirt on how to tell if your guy’s a toad.

Kissing Frogs is available for pre-order.


We’re getting ready to share Kissing Frogs with all of Canada on November 18 and are we ever excited! To celebrate the upcoming launch of author Alisha Sevigny’s debut novel, we’re hosting a cross-Canada blog tour from November 4 to November 19.

Nov 4 YA Book Shelf (review)
Nov 5 Cozy Up With a Good Read (review)
Nov 6 YA Book Shelf (Q&A)
Nov 8 Jess’s Book Blog (review)
Nov 9 A Portia Adams Adventure (review)
Nov 10 Canlit for Little Canadians (review)
Nov 11 Canlit for Little Canadians (guest post)
Nov 12 Book Drunkard (review)
Nov 13 Writing on Writing (review)
Nov 14 Feisty Little Woman (review)
Nov 15 A Portia Adams Adventure (Q&A)
Nov 17 Misbehavin’ Librarian (review)
Nov 18 YA Book Shelf (guest post)


Kissing Frogs excerpt

October 30, 2014

We’re so excited that Kissing Frogs will soon be available for all you lovely readers to enjoy! To get a taste of its awesomeness, check out author Alisha Sevigny reading a scene. And if you prefer the written word to the spoken one, you can read the excerpt on Scribd. You can also pre-order Kissing […]

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Popular Young Adult Author Kat Kruger to Appear at Hal-Con

October 16, 2014

Kat Kruger will appear as one of the official authors at this year’s Hal-Con, taking place in Halifax, November 7 to 9. On the heels of her successful Toronto book tour, Kruger is excited to take part in Atlantic Canada’s biggest science fiction/fantasy convention. Hal-con brings together fans for a weekend of panels, meet and […]

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Q&A with Kissing Frogs author Alisha Sevigny

October 6, 2014

Fans of Alisha Sevigny had the opportunity recently to ask the Kissing Frogs author anything they wanted to know about her via social media. Alisha chose a few of the most popular questions to answer in her Q&A below. And don’t forget you can pre-order Kissing Frogs in Canada through our pre-order campaign, along with some […]

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Journalist Trevor J. Adams Remembers When Childhood Friends Turned into Bullies

September 30, 2014

Journalist Trevor J. Adams reflects on a very difficult time in his childhood when former best friends turned into enemies and tormentors in this month’s Fierce Short available September 30. In The Summer It All Went Wrong (Fierce Ink Press), Adams writes about summer friends who turned on him when a new kid arrives at […]

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Hear all about Kissing Frogs from Author Alisha Sevigny!

September 25, 2014

Kissing Frogs is now available for pre-order in Canada, along with some fierce exclusive swag. PLUS the eBook and Collector’s Editions are twenty per cent off until the November 18 release date!  How awesome is that? If you’re curious about what Kissing Frogs is all about, you can check out the blurb on Goodreads. You can also […]

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