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Rosella M. Leslie


Alberta-born Rosella Leslie's writing career began in 1980 after she moved to a small floathouse on an inlet 25 miles north of Sechelt. There she could develop her craft without being disturbed. Since then she has participated in on-going tutorials with Betty Keller and has attended writing workshops with Ian Slater and Daniel Wood. Her feature articles and short fiction have appeared in Western People Magazine Fiction, The Leader, Alive Canadian Journal of Health and Nutrition, and Coast News Weekender. Her published books include The Cougar Lady: Legendary Traper of Sechelt Inlet, The Federov Legacy, Drift Child, The Goat Lady's Daughter, The Sunshine Coast: A Place to Be, two histories co-authored with Betty Keller-Bright Seas, Pioneer Spirits: The Sunshine Coast, and Sea Silver: Inside British Columbia's Salmon-Farming Industry, which was condensed and included in the award-winning book, Stain Upon the Sea Silver: Inside British Columbia's Salmon Farming Industry.

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Bright Seas, Pioneer Spirits A History of the Sunshine Coast. Horsdal and Schubart (1996) TouchWood Revised and Expanded Edition 2009, 1996 and 2009
Sea Silver Inside British Columbia's Salmon Farming Industry. Horsdal and Schubart, 1996
Sunshine Coast a Place to Be. Heritage House, 2001
A Stain Upon the Sea West Coast Salmon Farming. Harbour Publishing, 2004
The Goat Lady's Daughter. NeWest Press, 2006
Drift Child. NeWest Press, 2010
The Federov Legacy. Caitlin Press, 2013
The Cougar Lady. Caitlin Press, 2014


BC Writer's Federation, Best of BC Writing Competition for The Saboteur, 1986
Third Prize, BC Historical Writing Competition for Bright Seas, Pioneer Spirits, 1997
George Mathews Award for Excellence in Parent Leadership for BC Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils, 2002
The Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for Stain Upon the Sea: West Coast Salmon Farming, 2005
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