I’m the author of more than 25 books for children. I write stories and nature books for young children and books about the past for older kids. 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 now 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!
I was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and grew up in family with an older sister and two younger brothers. My parents read to us every night and took us to the library on the weekends. My dad, who is also a writer, used to tell us stories that he made up himself. We were thrilled when he changed his voice for different characters. (That’s me in the black and white photo above and in the black jacket below.)
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.
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. I never returned to the classroom; I started writing books instead.
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.