Self-published at 10, first chapter book at 13, hills and valleys afterwards and picking up the pen when I could. It’s A Good Thing by Annick Press in 1984 was my first commercial success. Other picture books followed along with magazine,newspaper and radio writing. Enthusiastic workshop participants and grad students rate my writing and storytelling teaching highly in Canada, Japan, Australia, Jordan, United Arab Emirates and the U.S.A. BFA and MFA from UBC in Creative Writing and much teaching at universities, colleges, high schools, and elementary schools. Loving the interaction and intersection between writing and oral storytelling.