We think British Columbia is a pretty special place to live and also a great place to create wonderful children’s literature. readBC is a series of short interviews introducing our readers to our authors and illustrators and their craft. Read the complete series here.
For a list of books created and set in British Columbia, visit this page.
Region: The Gulf Islands & Vancouver Island region
Are any of your books set in BC?
Yes, The Trouble With Cupid is set in North Vancouver; Perfect Blue is set in Courtenay and Finding Cassidy is set in Victoria.
When did you know you wanted to write children’s books?
When I was in Grade Four. But I didn’t know any writers so I became a journalist instead. I was a journalist with CBC for quite a while. Problem is, journalists are expected to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Making things up is way more fun. So are happy endings.
What are your favourite procrastination techniques?
Surfing CNN; I’m a news junkie.
What’s your favourite place in BC?
Long Beach and Tofino. Hands down. No question. But it’s so often foggy that my second, close-to-number-one pick is Miracle Beach on the east side of Vancouver Island.
If you were a BC fruit or vegetable, what would you be?
A kiwi. They’re pretty, tasty and nutritional powerhouses (one kiwi has more vitamin C than an orange). They grow here on southern Vancouver Island and they come into season in late fall/winter when most fruits are finished.