Coquitlam student pens second book with stepmom

SD43 student, stepmom pair up for another publication

A Grade 7 student at Port Coquitlam’s Minnekhada middle school will launch her second children’s book co-written with her stepmom.

Coquitlam’s Madison Reaveley, 12, and author Megan Williams (Our Interrupted Fairy Tale) will be at Chapters in Pinetree Village (2991 Lougheed Hwy., Coquitlam) Aug. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to sign copies of I Don’t Want To!

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The book is a sequel to their inaugural publication Don’t Call The Office.

Williams said they started writing I Don’t Want To! about two years ago, featuring the same characters as in their first work and a similar tale of living with blended families.

They based the narrative on Reaveley, who divides her time between her mom and stepdad in Coquitlam and her dad and Williams in West Vancouver. “It’s so cool that I’m writing books with my stepmom,” Reaveley said.


Williams said she’s had adult readers contact her about the first book, thanking her for providing a story that normalizes blended families.

For the latest fictional adventure, protagonist Cameron Parker and her friends — Sadie, Kayla, Beckett and Jeremy — learn to face their fears when they go to camp together (Reaveley used the names of her real-life buddies from softball and school, and from her folks’ friends, but changed her own name).

Reaveley and Williams hired illustrator Cathryn John again to draw the images and they’ll be making the book available through, Coquitlam’s Chapters and

Already, Reaveley is thinking about the plot for their next book.

“As Madison gets older, we’d like the characters to grow along with her as she goes to middle school — and maybe even have a high school version,” Williams said.

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