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Kristin Butcher

Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada


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Iíve noticed when I read author biographies, that many writers are or have been teachers. Iím not quite sure why that is, but it is Ė and Iím no exception. I taught for 20 years Ė everything from primary science and intermediate math to junior high art and senior high English. I hadnít planned to teach; it was something that happened while I wasnít looking. But I have no regrets.

Aside from making me a whiz at Trivial Pursuit, teaching helped me to understand children better. You see, I never really was one myself. Children are active, and Iíve always been more of a watcher than a doer. Maybe thatís why I never learned to swim or skate very well. Perhaps itís also why I was farmed off to the outfield during neighborhood baseball games. I shouldnít give the impression that I was a washout at everything. I could climb trees, though I was even better at falling out of them. And I rode a bike; I even have an assortment of scars to prove it.

I may not have been overly athletic, but I did have a great imagination and super friends. We put on theatrical extravaganzas, produced magazines, ran detective agencies, held funerals for birds, operated roadside stands of many varieties, and conducted safaris in the woods behind our homes. I always think I grew up in a wonderful era, but perhaps itís all in the way I choose to remember it. But I do remember it Ė vividly Ė and that helps me in my writing.

Interests: Quilting/Reading/Crossword Puzzles/Jigsaw Puzzles/Drawing

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:

Children's Literature

  • The Runaways
  • Chat Room
  • Zee's Way
  • The Tomorrow Tunnel
  • The Hemingway Tradition
  • Zach & Zoe and the Bank Robber
  • The Gramma War
  • Summer of Suspense
  • Cairo Kelly and the Mann
  • The Trouble with Liberty