Norma Charles was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba and moved to the west coast as a young child. After graduating from the University of British Columbia, she taught school for several years, then "retired" to have four children. It was then that she began to write books for children. When her children reached school age, she returned to work as a teacher/librarian in Vancouver for many years, a position she has recently left to enable her to write full-time. Now, besides writing, she enjoys travelling the world and visiting students in libraries and schools to talk about the wonders of story.
I read short exerpts from the novels or picture books and talk about the process of writing and how the books came to be, from the initial idea, through brain-storming, first drafts, editing, submitting to publishers, etc.
I like to leave time for questions.