The Stories Behind The Books

Peace Is An Offering

I wrote Peace is an Offering shortly after 9/11. I knew that after the planes hit the twin towers that the U.S. would go to war and that the world would be irrevocably changed. So I began to write the poem as a text for a picture book for children. I remembering...

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Circle Of Cranes

“Write what you know” is good advice to writers, but sometimes “write what fascinates you” makes a more interesting, though longer journey.     Circle of Cranes was inspired by real life events. A series of migrant ships were intercepted off the coast of the Queen...

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Salmon Creek

I was inspired to write Salmon Creek after I witnessed the endangered wild coho return home to their spawning grounds in Codd Wetland in Pitt Meadows, BC.   Codd Wetland harbours 99 species of plants and animals.  It is also nesting site of a pair of Greater Sandhill...

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Wild Bog Tea

I wrote Wild Bog Tea as a plea to preserve Blaney Bog.  This rare and hidden wetland, located in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, was slated for an industrial cranberry operation.  Members of the Pitt Polder Preservation Society and myself launched a grassroots campaign...

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Miracle at Willowcreek

Miracle of Willowcreek is based on my experiences fighting another development proposal on the Pitt Polder.  In the novel, the main character, Tess, and her friends take a courageous stand against developers in order to save a small flock of Sandhill cranes. When Tess...

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Miss Rafferty’s Rainbow Socks

When I was a little girl, my grandmother taught me to knit.  I made scarves and doll clothes in many colours of the rainbow with Nanny’s leftover yarn.  As a child, I dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer, but my mom couldn’t afford dance lessons.  I never became a...

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