I’m the author of more than 30 books for children. I write stories and nature books for young children and books about the past for older students. Some of my titles have won awards and been published in other countries. I love to imagine kids in faraway places turning the pages of one of my books.
I live in Vancouver, BC, near the mountains and ocean, with my husband and family. We have three great grown-up kids, who have four amazing children of their own. They all make us very proud. I work as a full-time writer, and as a speaker in schools, libraries and at conferences. I think I have the best job in the world!
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I was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and grew up in family with an older sister and two younger brothers. When I was a girl, my favourite thing to do was read books. (It still is!) My parents read to us every night and took us to the library on the weekends. My dad, who was also a writer, used to tell us stories that he made up himself. We were thrilled when he changed his voice for different characters.
Before I was an author, I was a teacher. My students and I always looked forward to story time. On trips to the library, the children often looked for wild animal books they could read on their own. I remembered this when I started writing. That’s why my first books were about animals. (The school photo shows me in the black jacket, with some of the students who inspired my writing.)
Writing School Courses
After I’d been teaching for more than 10 years, I was invited to write distance education courses for kids who studied at home. It was at this job that I discovered how much I loved writing. Soon after that, I started writing books.
I work all day (and lots of nights) on my books, and I often go to the library to do research. When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about new books that kids might like to read. Aside from spending time with my family, there’s nothing I’d rather do than read or write a book.
Now that I’m an adult, I know that kids who love to read as much as I did, often become writers. I realized that all that time I spent reading, I was actually learning to write. Seeing how authors expressed themselves and how they arranged words on a page to tell a story was the greatest writing education I could have received. If you’re interested in becoming a writer, my best advice is: Keep reading!
This photo shows me with a plaque of one of my books displayed on a Vancouver lamp post. It was so much fun to see!