That's me. I write stuff.

I'm M-E Girard and I write young adult fiction.


My debut novel GIRL MANS UP hit shelves in September 2016 (HarperTeen/HarperCollins and HarperCollins Canada).

When I'm not writing, I'm working, or playing video games, or watching movies, or reading, or picking up chihuahua poo.

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What's going on

October 17, 2016 - HarperAudio Presents podcast

Check out my recent interview with Ana Maria Alessi of HarperAudio where I discuss all kinds of GMU and writing related things (listen on SoundCloud here).


October 3, 2016 - GMU review in the Globe & Mail

Thank you to the Globe & Mail for this awesome review of GMU!


October 2, 2016 - Indigo Teen Tour events approaching!

Come see Lauren Oliver, Kendare Blake, and me on October 17 or 18! And come see Victoria Schwab and me on October 27! (Check out my events & appearances page for more info.)


September 6, 2016 - Pub Day!

GIRL MANS UP is out today! Here's a recap of the book birthday excitement.


September 4, 2016 - #FallLGBTQ Twitter chatt!

On September 6, 2016, join me, along with YA authors Robin Talley and Zaroida Cordova, on Twitter, 3pm ET, for a chat about our books releasing that day! Search the hashtah #FallLGBTQ!


August 9, 2016 - USA Today includes GMU in a feature!

On August 7, USA Today ran a feature on transgender themes in teen fiction and includes GMU!


August 5, 2016 - Quill & Quire review of GMU!

Quill & Quire's September 2016 issue gives GMU a wonderful starred review! Read the review on my blog or on the Quill & Quire website.


July 26, 2016 - Publishers Weekly review of GMU!

Publishers Weekly's starred review of Girl Mans Up! Wow...!

Events & Appearances at a glance

October 27, 2016 - Indigo Teen Tour

YA authors Victoria Schwab and M-E Girard.

Where: Indigo CF Sherway Gardens, Toronto Ontario, Canada

Facebook event

November 5-6, 2016 - Texas Book Festival

Event TBA

Where: Austin, TX, USA

Event website:

November 12, 2016 - Naked Heart Festival

Workshop: Querying Agent: Letter & Strategy

Where: TBA, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Event website:

November 13, 2016 - WCYR Guest Speaker

Speaking at the Writers' Community of York Region

Where: Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

To register:

My recent blog posts

Girl Mans Up Book Launch #2: Durham Region

September  9, 2016


I got a pleasant surprise a few days ago. I found out not only did Quill & Quire review my book, but they gave it a starred review! The whole write-up is so amazing, and I am so grateful for this reviewer’s careful analysis of the story. (cont)  Read more>>

Girl Mans Up is Out!

September 7, 2016


Yesterday was September 6, the day my YA novel GIRL MANS UP was released. I’d planned on writing a little thing about it, but the day ended up being crazy-busy, mostly because of Twitter. I did talk a little about this milestone on my agent (cont)  Read more>>

Girl Mans Up Book Launch #1: Toronto

September 2, 2016


Last night was the official book launch for my debut YA novel Girl Mans Up. It was downtown Toronto, at Glad Day Bookshop’s new location. The space is amazing, and I highly recommend having literary events there. It was the perfect spot for my launch, (cont)  Read more>>

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