I grew up in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada—one of the most amazing places in the world. Many afternoons were spent in the sand, water and sun at the Sandbanks Provincial Park, located a short boat ride from my childhood home. My heart is filled with fond memories of gritty salmon sandwiches, sun-kissed skin and dreams of castles.

The desire to learn about history, philosophy and my country led me to Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario. Here I discovered a newfound sense of independence and met some amazing people—a special few remain my dearest friends.

My next stop was the University of Prince Edward Island. Yes, the familiarity of living on an island community with sand was comforting. Here I earned a teaching degree in primary/junior education and my love of children, animals and books was brought closer to light. I also experienced the joy of lobster fishing, potato harvesting and pig farming.

After several years of adventures, I've landed in Toronto, Ontario where I focus much of my attention on writing, learning and—most importantly—my husband and our 'hairy kids'. Although we have no children of the human kind, we flower our parental attention on Rudy (right). We love him dearly. Sadly we lost our beloved cat, Chaz (left) and our sweet old soul, Pixie  Pixie (centre) not long ago, but they remain in our hearts always.


The world of fiction for young-spirited readers now is my favourite playground.


© Susan Blakeney 2014