It’s a beautiful spring day. You’re in your kitchen, washing dishes, folding laundry, sweeping the floor and your three year old daughter is outside in your backyard playing. You assume your home is safe. You assume that your yard, something that is fenced in and considered private – is a safe place for your children to play in.

We no longer live in a world where it’s safe to assume these things.

I never imagined when I first started writing Finding Emma that it was a story that had been played out already in other lives. It breaks my heart to know that a work of fiction is actually reality for so many families.

It’s one reason why I’m so proud to be partnered with Missing Children Society of Canada ( with this story. I’m not sure if anything I do on my own can help, but I know together – all of us – you who have bought the book, future readers, etc – together we can make a difference.

It saddens me to share a link below on an attempted child abduction here in my city: