Throughout my childhood, teens and young adult years, I journaled and experimented with story writing. My writing confidence was shaky after enduring critiques from my high school English teacher. Closet writing was my reclusive pleasure.
In 1989 when I gave birth to our first son, Matthew, I was inspired to write my first story and illustrate it with my very simplistic sketches. Two and a half years later after giving birth to Andrew, emotions bubbled. I was inspired to write a poem, The Iron Whisperer. Both these pieces ignited deep emotions.
Seven years later, while spending the summer holidays at my parent’s cottage in the Laurentians of Quebec, I was deeply touched by watching the relationships between my children and my parents blossom. During this time, I wrote In Search of Something Green and Sassy Frass. After returning to teaching at Hillsdale Elementary School, I shared In Search of Something Green with a parent volunteer who became a friend. Katie enjoyed the story so much that she surprised me with a set of watercolour illustrations. What a beautiful gift!