And the power
of speaking up

The Only Way Out is a YA novel that follows the lives of two best friends as they enter high school together. It’s a tale of bullying and mental health struggles, friendship and loyalty, guilt and accountability, transformation and empowerment.

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A book with a message behind it.

In October of 2021, I published my debut novel, The Only Way Out. Addressing two of the most critical issues plaguing our youth today, my book is rooted in an important message about the power of talking openly and speaking up.

Why I wrote the book

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been an anti-bullying advocate. I believe we ought to lift each other up, not put each other down.

When I came across Amanda Todd’s heartbreaking story, tears streamed and emotions ran high. It was at this very moment that I knew I would write a book about bullying. As I wrote, my story deepened in subject matter to also include mental health struggles, facing fear and overcoming unfathomable hardships.

During the publishing process of The Only Way Out, a thought came to me. What if I could dedicate my book to the very girl whose story moved me to put pen to paper?

I am honored to say this is precisely what I did.

After finding Amanda’s mother, Carol Todd, I explained who I was, what I wrote and what I wanted to do. She granted me permission and now my project has even greater meaning and purpose behind it.

By taking people through a touching and inspiring story, it is my vision and my hope that I may have a positive impact on the understandings, perceptions and actions of those who read it.

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Who it’s for

The Only Way Out is written for youth and young adults aged 11 to 18+.

It’s also for teachers to use in their classrooms as a novel study, in alignment with the curriculum, and bullying and mental health initiatives. It is currently being read by hundreds of Grade 9 students in Ontario, and this number continues to grow.

Parents and anti-bullying and mental health advocates can read the novel too, as a means to better understand what their children may be going through and to discover different ways forward as we all do our best to address these critical issues.

The premise

Relatable, moving, powerful.

The Only Way Out is a compelling narrative that delves into the harsh realities of bullying and mental health issues among high school students. This tale follows the lives of two best friends, Kaitlyn and Rebecca, as they navigate the treacherous waters of high school. Their journey takes a dark turn when Rebecca becomes the target of a relentless bully, leading to a series of devastating events that remain hidden from those closest to her. The aftermath of a tragic incident forces Kaitlyn into a battle with post-traumatic stress syndrome and depression, pushing her into a world of isolation.

But then, a transformative experience propels her towards a path of healing and advocacy, revealing that speaking up is indeed, the only way out. This book serves as a valuable resource for educators aiming to foster crucial conversations about bullying and mental health in the classroom.

Giving back

It was Amanda Todd’s tragic story that inspired me to write this book. I am pleased to say that I honor her name in my dedication and donate to the organization created by her mother.

Part of the proceeds from every sale of The Only Way Out go to the Amanda Todd Legacy Society.

Founded by Carol Todd, this nonprofit organization helps those in need in a direct and impactful way. From providing private counseling to bullied youth who suffer from anxiety and damaged self-esteem, right through to funding for family food insecurities and youth mental health programs, the Amanda Todd Legacy Society is committed to “the dream of helping kids” (words of Amanda Todd, before she left our world in 2012).

I offer volume discounts and special deals when you buy in bulk directly through me, or if you’d like to purchase multiple copies and book me for an in-school presentation. I like to keep things flexible and accommodating so please don’t hesitate to reach out and tell me what you’re looking for.