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Nikki Tate

Victoria, British Columbia, Canada


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Nikki Tate is an author, professional storyteller, and children's book reviewer who lives on Vancouver Island. Since 1987 she has written more than 250 features, short articles, reviews, and opinion pieces that have appeared in publications in Canada, the USA and Japan. Tate draws on her love for horses and years of riding experience to inspire the real-life details and conflicts in her best-selling StableMates novels. Tarragon Island and its sequel No Cafes in Narnia, are novels for readers age ten and older. These books tell the story of a girl who must cope with the upheaval associated with her family's move from Toronto to one of the Gulf Islands as well as her on-going struggles to find her voice as a writer. Tarragon Island was short-listed for the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and was a BC2000 Book Award winner. All of Tate's novels have received consistently positive critical reviews and have all appeared on the BC Bestseller lists time and time again.

Tate recently rode her horse along sections of the Pony Express trail in Nevada to promote her children's historical novel, Jo's Triumph. Published by Orca Books, the book is set in Utah Territory in 1860 and tells the story of a fictitious Pony Express rider who thwarts an attempted mail robbery. Tate's two most recent projects include The Battle for Carnillo, a fantasy-adventure novel (the second of the Estorian Chronicles Trilogy scheduled for release in Spring, 2003) and a picture book with Annick Press that was inspired by her feisty grandmother's life in the jungles of Brasil (release date Spring, 2004).

A spirited raconteur, Tate is much sought after as a workshop leader who manages to be entertaining, inspiring, and informative. She was a mentor for the Children's Writing Program with the BC Festival of the Arts in 1999 and 2000, has taught Writing for Children at Malaspina College and at the Victoria School of Writing. In addition to her work as a mentor for adults who wish to write children's literature, Tate enjoys working with young aspiring writers and has spoken with thousands of school children in Canada and the United States about the writing process. Tate is a popular speaker and will be appearing at Book Expo USA in June of 2003.

Interests: Juvenile literature, feature articles, storytelling

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:

Children's Literature

  • Team Trouble at Dark Creek (StableMates 2)
  • No Cafes in Narnia
  • Keeping Secrets at Dark Creek (StableMates #7)
  • Rebel of Dark Creek (StableMates 1)
  • Raven's Revenge (StableMates 5)
  • Jo's Triumph
  • Tarragon Island
  • Sienna's Rescue (StableMates 4)
  • Cave of Departure: Book One of the Estorian Chronicles
  • Return to Skoki Lake (StableMates 6)
  • Jessa Be Nimble, Rebel Be Quick (StableMates 3)