When I was little, I drew all the time. All my mom had to do to keep me happily occupied was give me a piece of paper and a ball point pen. I was weird that way. While most kids liked crayons, I preferred ballpoint pens. I liked how the lines were cleaner and I could make super detailed pictures with them. My favourite things to draw were inspired by storybooks. I loved to draw pictures from fairytales, nursery rhymes, and any of the Dr. Seuss books. I also remember being confused by the Rupert the Bear books by Ian Robinson. Why does that kid have a boy’s body and a bear’s head? I used to wonder. He must have been cursed or something. It wouldn’t be until much later that I would learn about anthropomorphism. Now try saying that with a mouth full of peanut butter!
As I grew older, I discovered comics. I loved Peanuts by Charles Schultz and comic books such as Casper the Friendly Ghost, and Archie. I started drawing my own comics. When I was eleven, I created a comic strip about a family called The Rounders. I worked on this comic strip off and on for years and even through college at Emily Carr College of Art. As a grown-up (finally!), I worked in a computer games company by day, and by night I led another life as a cartoonist and a painter. I had cartoons published internationally in magazines, weeklies, and books. I exhibited my cartoonish paintings at fun places like Smash Gallery and A Walk Is gallery in Vancouver.
When I had children, I fell in love with kids books again. To this end, I have gone back to college to learn more about the writing part of a book (I’ve already been to college for the art part, remember?). I find it both hard and fun. I am presently working on several stories: a picture book about a school librarian who farts, a chapter book based on a true story about a boy imprisoned in a Japanese internment camp, and an early chapter book about a pair of twins who battle it out with a wicked witch. I have also written many silly poems and rhyming stories. I am presently a member of SCBWI, which I pronounce ‘scwi-bee’, and the Vancouver Children’s Literature Round Table, which has more syllables than you can shake a stick at.