Hey! Welcome...

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). (Click on the book cover to find out everything about GMU!)

When I'm not writing, I'm usually working, or playing video games, or watching Netflix, or reading, or eating pizza, or...picking up chihuahua poo.

That's me. I write stuff.

That's my book!

What's going on

November 10, 2017 - Bookplate stickers

If you'd like a bookplate signed by me for your copy of GMU, check out my bookplate page! I would be happy to send you one.


October 16, 2017 - 2018 White Pine Award nominee

The Ontario Library Association's Forest of Reading reading program nominees have been announced and Girl Mans Up is nominated for the White Pine Award!


October 15, 2017 - 2017 James Cook Book Award

The Ohio Library Council named Girl Mans Up as one of their 4 honorable books!


October - CCBC Book Awards finalist

Girl Mans Up is a finalist for the 2017 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, administered by the Canadian Children's Book Centre. Check out my interview with Amy in the October 2017 newsletter of the CCBC!


June 15, 2017 - Lambda Literary Award winner!

The Lambda Literary Awards took place on June 12, in NYC, and GMU won a Lammy!


June 6, 2017 - KOBO Emerging Writer Prize Shortlist

I am proud to share that GMU is one of 6 finalists in the Literary Fiction category of the KOBO Emerging Writer Prize!

Events & appearances at a glance

  • January 18, 2018 - Muskoka Authors Association (Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada)


  • March 25, 2018 - Writers' Community of Simcoe County (Orillia, Ontario, Canada)


  • May, 2018 - OLA's Festival of Trees (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)


My recent blog posts

I'm not really a blogger...

My NoVaTEEN 2017 Experience

March 27, 2017


Let’s be honest here: I suck at blogging. It’s just not my thing. Blog posts take a significant amount of effort and I’d rather be spending that time and effort on other things (like on the clicking involved with navigating Netflix, for example). But seeing as my last (cont)  Read more>>

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>>

My recent tweets

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