Vicki Grant is an award winning author of young adult (YA) books, mysteries, funny books for kids & teens, and novels for reluctant readers.

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  1. karina mendoza
    October 6, 2010 at 8:41 pm · Reply

    hi my name is karina mendoza and im reading your book nine doors..and in my class they gave us a project and i need to find your address so i can mail you a letter telling you what i think about the book and if i was you what wouyld i change.. plsz send me your address:)

  2. natale
    October 25, 2010 at 11:32 am · Reply

    Hey, Vicki, congratulations on your Red Maple nomination! Hurray! And may I add that your new author photo is *gorgeous*!

    xoxNatale

    • vickigrant
      October 25, 2010 at 12:57 pm · Reply

      Thank you, Natale, on both counts. And congratulations to you, too! I just got home and checked the OLA site and see that “Gravity Brings Me Down” is on the White Pine short list too. So we’re both happy! xox

  3. Emily
    January 20, 2011 at 6:49 pm · Reply

    Thank you so much for writing this AMAZING book. I compleetly fell in love with this book. The way you layered Robins character and made Levi to be the perfect match by trying to open up her proteceted selfesteem. I would really like you to wite a sequal to this book because I just Can’t get enough I’ve already read it like 6 times in two days, and thats amazing for me because i never read (don’t like to read unless it’s a really good book). So please please please pretty PLEASE!!!!

    P.S. Congrats on your red maple nomination! 🙂

    • vickigrant
      January 20, 2011 at 9:22 pm · Reply

      Thanks, Emily! I’m so glad you liked Not Suitable. I don’t have any sequel in the works at the moment. I’m too busy trying to finish a book I’m calling BETSY WICKWIRE’S DIRTY SECRET. But maybe when I’ve finished that one… You’ve inspired me! Thanks for the vote of confidence! Vicki

  4. Emily
    January 23, 2011 at 8:55 pm · Reply

    Thank you for consitering to write a sequal to Not suitable, and I Can’t wait to read Besty Wickwire’s Dirty Secret! My grade 8 teacher was reading your book to my class and everyone and I literally mean everyone enjoyed Not Suitable!

    • vickigrant
      January 23, 2011 at 9:02 pm · Reply

      That’s wonderful, Emily! Thanks for getting in touch, Vicki

  5. Reina
    February 17, 2011 at 7:44 pm · Reply

    Hi i like this book 🙂 and im in emily’s class so our teacher read it to us 😛 thx for making it good enough that my ears didnt bleed and fall off 😀

    • vickigrant
      February 17, 2011 at 8:23 pm · Reply

      I always try to write books that don’t make people’s ears fall off. Glad I managed to do it this time! Vicki

  6. Reina
    February 17, 2011 at 9:27 pm · Reply

    i hope you make the next book like this one and not a health hazard 😀 Can’t wait for the sequal

  7. Emily
    February 17, 2011 at 11:38 pm · Reply

    Yup i can’t wait for the sequal if u write them and reian hahaha niceee 😉 luv ur comments

  8. Albert::::::
    July 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm · Reply

    Dear Vicki Grant
    We are pupill from the Eduard Mörike-School from Germany.
    At the moment we read your Book ,,Dangerous Friend“. It`s a
    great Book. That`s why we havequestion to you.

    The question are :
    -When you was born ?
    -Why you write books like ,,Dangerous Friend “?
    -Why you take this kind of Job ?
    -Is it hard to became a writer

    We are happy if you can
    answerd our question !!

    Best wishes,
    Class 8b

    • vickigrant
      July 21, 2011 at 9:55 am · Reply

      Hello, Everyone from Eduard Morike School in Germany!
      I’m sorry I’ve taken so long to get back to you. I was away on holiday. (It’s EXTREMELY hot in Canada right now. I have to stay in the shade or in the water.) Now in answer to your questions…
      1. When was I born? Let’s just say ‘a long time ago’. My children are 22, 19 and 16 years old so that should give you some idea.
      2. Why do I write books like Dangerous Friend (that’s called ‘Dead End Job’ in English)? I like to write books that are scary and/or funny because I think that type of book gets kids reading – even kids who maybe think they don’t like to read. Dead-End Job was also based – a little bit – on something that happened to me when I was young.
      3. Why did I take this kind of job? I used to be an advertising writer, then I was a television writer and then I decided to write books. Writing is kind of the only thing I know how to do (other than knit and play Scrabble but you can’t really make a living at that.)
      4. Is it hard to become a writer? Not really. You just have to do it. And do it. And do it. And do it. Eventually, you’ll get pretty good at it. The great thing is that now you don’t even need a publisher to think so. You can just put your writing on line yourself.

      Have a great summer, 8b!

      VIcki

  9. Albert::::::
    July 26, 2011 at 8:06 am · Reply

    thx for your letter

    • vickigrant
      October 18, 2011 at 10:06 pm · Reply

      Aren’t you sweet! Thanks, Caro. I hope you enjoy them – and that I see you soon! xo

  10. caro
    October 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm · Reply

    Dear Vicki,
    Reading is an important part of my life.
    As a second language r it’s hard to find a book which I can understand (not every word but the context) and I like!

    Not suitable… is an awesome, terrific, and fun book. I wasn’t able to put it out of my hand and stop reading it! And my first thought after I was done reading it was “I really want a next page”

    My mom went to your book premier and brought me back your new book and some others.
    I can’t wait to read them.

    Thank you for writing such good books!

    C

  11. Reham
    December 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm · Reply

    Hello Vicki Grant I am doing an author study on you and was wondering when your first book was published, and how old you were?
    How long did it take to publish your book?
    Also did you like highschool?
    Please reply!

    • vickigrant
      December 22, 2011 at 5:54 pm · Reply

      My first book, The Puppet Wrangler, was published in 2004.

  12. Reham
    December 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm · Reply

    Thanks! 🙂

  13. Reham
    December 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm · Reply

    Oh and I loveeee your book “Not suitable for family viewing”

  14. Hannah
    December 26, 2011 at 10:38 pm · Reply

    I love all your books! ( I’ve read 6 of them.) I really like your new book “Betsy Wickwire’s Dirty Secret”. I got it for Christmas, and read it in 2 days. Your style has changed, from mystery to romance, I love it!
    I’ve reread a couple of your books and liked them all the more!
    I like how I can relate to the places in your books.(ex.William’s lake)
    You came to my class a couple of years ago and read a bit of I.D. I really injoyed that. Thank you!
    I can’t wait read more of your books, have a great holiday,
    Hannah M.

    • vickigrant
      December 27, 2011 at 12:26 am · Reply

      I know who you are! I’m just about to start work on a new book so who knows? You might find it under the tree too in a couple of years. Hope you got lots of other good books to read over the holidays! All the best, Vicki

      • Hannah
        December 27, 2011 at 6:56 pm · Reply

        Thank you soooo much for ansering, I’m going to try and buy all your books with the money I got for Christmas.
        thanks again,
        hannah
        p.s. did you do anything speciel for the holidays?

  15. tehreem
    December 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm · Reply

    I love your books and You and stephinie meyers are my favourite authors I also want to be a writer that had been my dream since I was 7 now iam 12 iam working on a book its called roller coster its about a girl named nova she goes to portsville to live with her mom and meets carla (murmaid) Justin ( vampire) and Travis ( wolf) they all hate each other but like nova and nova can only pick to be one of them and so they do anything to convice her the humans no longer will rule this woorld can you give me some advise??????? plzzzzzzz

  16. Maureen
    January 2, 2012 at 12:44 am · Reply

    Vicki,
    I love your books. I can’t put them down after I start. Your stories are amazing and I love that there so relatable. I want to write books after high school. Any advise for a good writing program ?
    Thanks for all the stories! 🙂
    Xo Maureen

    • vickigrant
      January 2, 2012 at 11:06 am · Reply

      Thanks, Maureen! I’m very flattered!

      I’m afraid I don’t know much about writing programs. I’ve only ever – and recently at that – took a one-day course. (It was with the author Sarah Selecki and was great.) I’ve included a number of writing tips on this blog from different authors which may be useful. (Under, not surprisingly, “Writing Tips”.) Another place to go for advice about programs would be your local writers union or federation. If you’re Canadian, there’s both a national group (The Writers Union of Canada) and provincial ones. They’re very helpful and would have extensive lists of available courses, I’d think.

  17. Juliana
    January 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm · Reply

    DId you write B Negative? Also your books are amazing!

    • vickigrant
      February 6, 2012 at 5:55 pm · Reply

      I did – and thank you!

  18. Deb Pope
    March 29, 2012 at 5:08 pm · Reply

    Hi Viki,
    I was wondering if you were in the area (Newmarket) may or June 2012 and if you would be able to come to our school. Our grades 7 and 8 would be thrilled to meet you. Last year some of our kids enjoyed Pig Boy and this year they have been reading Not Suitable for Family Viewing.
    thank you

    • vickigrant
      June 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm · Reply

      Hi, Deb – I’m sorry that I’m only replying to your email now. I somehow seemed to have missed it. Unfortunately, I won’t be in the Newmarket area in June this year. I do plan to come to TO in the fall. I know that would mean different classes but if you’re interested in having me drop by for a visit, please get in touch. My apologies again for taking so long to get back to you. Vicki

  19. Julia
    July 26, 2012 at 9:07 pm · Reply

    Hi Vicki!

    I read not suitable for family viewing for my isu for grade 11 english (im getting grade 11 english in summer school to get ahead). Anyways, i have to write a biography on you and i cant seem to find much information. I also have to find 3-5 events in your lifetime that is reflected in this novel. Its not that hard of an assignment but seeing as i cant find much information i don’t have much for my biography on you and i don’t really know of many events in your life that are reflected in the novel, because i don’t know too much about your life. I really really enjoyed your book, Im not much of a reader and when i do im extremely slow, however i read this book in a day, i thought it was great! I really hope you write a sequel! My point of this comment was to see if you could comment back or e-mail me some information of yourself, like the jist of yourself, it would be a HUGE help in my project! its due monday just so your aware!

    thanks!

    -JULIA

    P.S im going to read your new book the dirty secret one because i thought not suitable for family living was great. We have to read silently in class and it was so hard to keep my laughter in! every once and a while i would burst out laughing! it was kind of embarrassing but really funny.

    • vickigrant
      May 9, 2014 at 8:31 am · Reply

      Julia – It’s now May 9, 2014. I’m going through my old emails trying to find an address someone sent me and came across your letter. It doesn’t look like I responded. Yikes! I hope not. I hope I sent you a long email with all the information you needed for your project – not to mention effusive thanks for your lovely comments. I do appreciate them. If I didn’t reply, blame my poor organizational skills. With belated thanks, Vicki

  20. Anna
    November 3, 2012 at 12:52 am · Reply

    I read your book not suitable for family viewing and fell in love with it back in 2010.I was there when they announced your book had one the red maple award. I waited in line to get the book signed for my school. If i only knew that i could buy my own copy there i would of and gotten it signed by you. You probably don’t remember me but i suggested to turn the book into a movie. Not suitable for family viewing was the first and best book i have ever read and is still my number one book. The way this book was written stunned me and after it i fell in love with reading

    – Anna 🙂

    • vickigrant
      November 3, 2012 at 8:27 am · Reply

      What a wonderful comment, Anna! It’s what every author would want to hear – that someone fell in love with reading because of their book. Thank you. That’s amazing. Vicki

  21. Asrat
    November 14, 2013 at 12:33 am · Reply

    Hello you came to my school (Greenbank middle school) today ( Wednesday November 13, 2013) and i had a question that you didnt answer and my question was out of all the books you wrote is any book relate to you or someone you know like you wrote a real life experience into a pretty good book!!

    • vickigrant
      November 14, 2013 at 10:11 am · Reply

      Hi, Asrat – quite a few of my books are based (at least a bit) on a real event or person. “Dead-end Job” is based on something that happened to me when I was young. The real story isn’t that scary of course! I made the frightening stuff up…

  22. Leslie Anne Veinot
    January 24, 2014 at 3:06 am · Reply

    Hi Vicki I have wrote three short stories and I would like to know which is the best website and the easiest one that I can use to put my writings in to book form. If you could help that would be great. Congrats on the success you have made in your writing career. Thanks Leslie.

    • vickigrant
      January 24, 2014 at 9:48 am · Reply

      Hi, Leslie – I don’t know very much about publishing short stories – or websites. I think the best thing to do would be to get in touch with the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia. That’s what I did when I had my first book. They’re very knowledgable and also very approachable. Here’s their website: http://writers.ns.ca. Good luck with this! And congratulations on writing the stories!

  23. Leslie Anne Veinot
    January 25, 2014 at 3:27 am · Reply

    Hi Vicki -Thanks for the quick reply and I will look into this website. I would like to read one of your books. Which one would be the best one for me? Thanks again. Leslie.

    • vickigrant
      January 25, 2014 at 10:01 am · Reply

      My pleasure, Leslie. As for a book, hmmm….I’d suggest “Not Suitable for Family Viewing.” It’s a mystery/love story. A little scary. A little funny. (I’m trying to cover all bases.)
      Happy reading! Vicki

      • Leslie Anne Veinot
        January 26, 2014 at 4:36 am · Reply

        Hi I like to read mysteries. Thanks Leslie.

  24. sabiha
    May 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm · Reply

    Hi i read your book and it amazing wanted to say thanks for a wonderful experiance. Also my teacher might have gone to the same high school as you. He wants to know which highschool did you go to??????

    • vickigrant
      May 1, 2014 at 3:26 pm · Reply

      Thanks, Sabiha. Which book of mine did you read? (I want to know which one you thought was amazing!) As for high schools, I went to two – Halifax West and Queen Elizabeth. Which high school did your teacher go to? Vicki

  25. Abby
    February 23, 2016 at 2:33 pm · Reply

    Hey Vicki! I’ve been reading your books for a while and my favorite so far is either Hold the Pickles or Small Bones. I’m doing a small project where I need to send you a letter about the story Hold the Pickles. Can you please email me your Address and area code so I can send you a letter.

    Ps,

    My name is Abby

    • Vicki Grant
      December 18, 2016 at 1:33 pm · Reply

      Hi, Abby – I’m sorry I missed your email! You wrote this to me last year and it ended up in my spam folder. I hope you got your project done! Vicki

  26. Danielle❤️
    February 23, 2016 at 2:34 pm · Reply

    Hello! My names Danielle and I have to do a project about you at my school. I was looking for information about like where you went to school and information like that. It would be wonderful if u could contact me -9024016809 or hdm075392@nspes.ca. Thxs so very much

  27. Alyssa, Lauren and Kristina
    April 12, 2016 at 5:12 pm · Reply

    Hey Mrs. Grant, Me and my friends are reading your Novel, Not Suitable For Family Viewing. It is an amazing book, my friend Lauren, has already read all of it! She loves it so much and it has inspired her to write her own romance novel! She says thank you! It is Truely intriguing and gives you so many reasons to read it all the time! It took her only a week! Our favourite part is when Robin and Levi go to the beach and go swimming! What’s your favourite part? Write back Soon, Lauren, Alyssa, and Kristina

    • Vicki Grant
      April 16, 2016 at 4:03 pm · Reply

      Hi, Alyssa, Lauren and Kristina – I’m delighted you enjoyed NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY VIEWING, especially since it’s inspired Lauren to start her own book. How flattering! As for my favourite part, I like the beach scene too but I also really like when Levi catches Robin following him at the hardware store. All the best, Vicki
      PS If you liked the beach scene, you might also like the face-painting scene in BETSY WICKWIRE’S DIRTY SECRET or the dancing scene in SMALL BONES. I bet your school library would have those books too.

  28. Alyssa Lauren and Kristina
    April 20, 2016 at 2:21 pm · Reply

    Hi Mrs.Grant…. It’s Lauren Alyssa and Kristina again we have another question…. Why did u name NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY VEIWING for the title of ur book Not suitable for family viewing???? Thanks, Lauren, Alyssa and Kristina
    PS everybody reading the book is done the book! #bestbookever!!

    • Vicki Grant
      April 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm · Reply

      Hi, Girls – Sorry I took so long to get back to you. For some unknown technical reason, I was able to read by comments but not reply to them. I’m here now. There were a couple reasons I chose the title NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY VIEWING. One was that a lot of the book has to do with the television industry and that’s where that phrase typically shows up. Two was it’s catchy. (What kid sees “not suitable for family viewing” come up on the screen and races to turn off the TV?) And three, it’s kind of a pun. Someone – and you know who I mean because you’ve already read the book – has a secret they don’t want THEIR family to view. Make sense? So glad you’ve enjoyed my book! Vicki

  29. Courtney
    April 20, 2016 at 11:37 pm · Reply

    Hi Vicki. I recently read your book Not Suitable for Family Viewing. I really enjoyed reading it. I was wondering what inspired you to write such an amazing novel? Do you have any suggestions for my next read?

    Write back soon,

    Courtney

    • Vicki Grant
      April 29, 2016 at 4:32 pm · Reply

      Hi, Courtney – The inspiration came from procrastination, believe it or not. I was working on another novel – or at least supposed to be – and I snuck down in the middle of the afternoon to watch some TV. There was a talk show on. The host was chatting about her teenaged son. She said something like, “Adam has a job at Shoppers Drugmart. His boss thinks he’s great but I’m the one who has to pick up his dirty socks and underwear.” I remember thinking how weird it must be to have a famous parent. Adam’s just some teenaged kid doing normal teenaged kid stuff and yet people all over the country know his name, where he works, all about his messy habits. That thought became the first seed of NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY VIEWING. As for another book you might like, I have you tried BETSY WICKWIRE’S DIRTY SECRET or my latest, SMALL BONES? With its mix of mystery and romance, SMALL BONES might be closest to NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY VIEWING. Thanks so much for writing! I’m delighted you like my book! Vicki

  30. Alyssa, Lauren and Kristina
    April 29, 2016 at 3:52 pm · Reply

    Hi Mrs Grant, why did u choose the title not suitable for family viewing for ur book not suitable for family viewing??

  31. Jaskiran
    May 11, 2016 at 10:05 pm · Reply

    Hi, Mrs. Grant I read your Book Not suitable for Family Viewing i enjoyed it very much, thank you for writing such a great book. What do you think this book has taught the readers!
    Please reply soon!
    Thanks, Jaskiran

    • Vicki Grant
      May 16, 2016 at 2:57 pm · Reply

      Hi, Jaskiran – I’m so glad you liked NOT SUITABLE FOR FAMILY VIEWING! You asked a hard question. I’m not sure what the book taught readers. I didn’t write it with a “message”. Maybe though, now that I think about it, it could have taught kids that even people who live so-called ‘perfect lives’ have problems or secrets (although that makes the book sound like it’s not very much fun…) Thanks for your email! Vicki

  32. Ryley
    June 9, 2016 at 9:25 pm · Reply

    I loved your book Pig Boy. I am 10 and in Mrs. McKinnon’s class at Christina Lake. I did a digital book talk and would like to share it with you. Please send your email to my teacher and she will give you the link if you want. Thank you, Ryley

  33. Haley Wilson
    September 2, 2016 at 5:12 pm · Reply

    Dear Vicki Grant
    I love your book Dead End Job, so does my friend. We love it so much we really want you to write a second book. I know you might be thinking why would I make another book to go with Dead End Job. Just think how good that book could be I would read it everyday

    • Vicki Grant
      September 5, 2016 at 12:20 pm · Reply

      Hi, Haley – Wow! You’d read it every day? Maybe I should write a sequel to DEAD-END JOB after all. Until I come up with something, I have a couple of other books you might like. COMEBACK and TRIGGERED are both short novels whose main characters also have major – and sort of scary – relationship problems. Thanks for your note and keep reading!

  34. Shanti
    September 8, 2016 at 12:56 pm · Reply

    l love your book dead-end job, it was incredibly suspenseful and exciting. By far one of my favorites.

    • Vicki Grant
      September 23, 2016 at 10:55 am · Reply

      Hi, Shanti – I’m so glad you loved Dead-End Job! I should thank my daughter for making it exciting. She read it when it was still in manuscript form. She said she liked it but that it needed more suspense so I went back and rewrote the last few chapters. It sounds like it worked! Keep reading! Vicki

  35. Annie
    November 1, 2016 at 4:55 pm · Reply

    Hi I am doing a book report on you and I’m having a difficult finding imformation about you so I was wondering if you could answer a few questions for me.
    Where was your place of birth and birth date?
    What made you first start writing?
    Thanks!

    • Vicki Grant
      December 1, 2016 at 2:22 pm · Reply

      Hi, Annie – I’m sorry I’m just replying to your email now. My website was deluged by spam and as a result I missed some real messages. I was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on October 30 many, many years ago. I started writing out of university but not as a novelist. First I wrote advertising then I wrote TV scripts and then, through my experience in children’s television, I had an idea for a novel about a girl who goes to work on the set of a preschool program. That became my book THE PUPPET WRANGLER – and I’ve been writing books ever since! Vicki

  36. Dora Duru
    November 30, 2016 at 8:34 am · Reply

    Hey ! I am Dora and we are going to start pig boy with my school . I am soo happy. Bye for now.

    • Vicki Grant
      December 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm · Reply

      I hope you like Pigboy, Dora! Happy reading, Vicki

  37. Name (required)
    November 30, 2016 at 8:38 am · Reply

    Hi my name is Sinem me and my claas we are going to read your book pigboy I don’t now so much about you but I now your books will be really cool we have a worksheet all about you and your pigboy book now I am researching you I will buy your books I am really excited about pigboy and when my english teacher (you know her ) said we are going to skype with her I really excited Please leave me a comment I love you Regards Sinem

    • Vicki Grant
      December 1, 2016 at 1:59 pm · Reply

      Hi, Sinem – I’m looking forward to speaking with your class on Skype. You probably know that your teacher and I are from the same province in Canada. One day I hope to go to Turkey too. All the best, Vicki

  38. Ahmet Cem Çağatay
    November 30, 2016 at 8:42 am · Reply

    Hiiii, I am a student form Turkey. We are going to read your book “Pigboy”. We did a worksheet about the book and I got so excited to read it. And our teacher Said that we are going to skype with you. Yeeeeeey! I hope we skype with you. Also I am so curios, what is your shoe size?

    • Vicki Grant
      December 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm · Reply

      That is the first time any student has asked me my shoe size! My size is pretty normal – size 40 – but my husband has size 50! His feet are enormous.

  39. Elif Nur
    November 30, 2016 at 8:43 am · Reply

    Hi I am Elif!
    I am form Turkey.
    In the english class we are reading Pigboy. We research abaut you, I have a questions abaut you.
    – How old are you?
    – Do you have rol model?
    – What is your favorite book?

    • Vicki Grant
      December 1, 2016 at 2:18 pm · Reply

      Hi, Elif – How old am I? Very. (I just had my birthday on October 30.) My role model would be a lady I know who’s even older than me. Her name is Ruth Graham. She’s 95 and still plays tennis three times a week in the summer. She also paints and draws and helps the poor. I’m not sure what my favourite book is now but when I was 12 it was Anne of Green Gables. Hope you enjoy Pigboy! Vicki

  40. Emre
    November 30, 2016 at 8:44 am · Reply

    Hi,Vicky my name is Emre and I’m 12 years old.I really exciting to meet you.
    I read Bigboy and it’s really good.

    • Vicki Grant
      December 1, 2016 at 1:46 pm · Reply

      Hi, Emre – I’m so happy you liked Pigboy! Did you like it because it was funny or scary – or both? Vicki

  41. Grace Hight
    September 23, 2017 at 9:14 pm · Reply

    I just finished reading Short For Chameleon. I go to school in the city and take the bus every morning to get there, and I always read on the way. This was my latest bus-read and I just wanted to let you know that I loved it so much. Not only was it interesting, well written, and exciting, it was also a heartbreaking and thought provoking story. Cam, Raylene and Albertina were an incredible trio. I definitely cried when I finished reading. Thank you so much for writing such a great book. 🙂

    • Vicki Grant
      September 24, 2017 at 12:08 pm · Reply

      Hi, Grace – Well, you made my day! Thanks for the wonderful comments – and for taking the time to get in touch with me. I just hope other people will like SHORT FOR CHAMELEON half as much as you did!

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