I was born, grew up, and currently live in British Columbia, where I take a lot of photos, walk a lot of paths, and write books for children, teens and adults.
The stories I tell are emotionally honest, but they aren't about real people. Fiction has a way of telling the truth though, don't you think?
I believe that readers are always asking the question, "Am I OK?" I write characters who suspect that they are not OK, but who eventually find inside themselves the strength to change that belief.
Growing up is harder than ever. The world is often egregiously unfair. Things can seem impossible.
How do we go on?
I believe in the power of stories. I think that stories will save us. They can show us the way.
Novels are magical. Books can be mirrors or windows. We sometimes need to see ourselves. We always need to understand others.
Stories are all secret passages to alternate worlds where we can be safe to explore the unsafe, the unsettling or the unfair hands some people have been dealt.
In the pages of a book, we can be braver than we are, we can go further than we'd normally dare, we can understand more than we know.
Books make us better, period.
I believe in magic. Do you?
Be brave. Be kind. And believe this: You are OK.
I believe in you.