Fiction (Children)

Beth Ann Knowles

Originally from Dartmouth, NS, Beth Ann completed a science degree at Dalhousie University. She works as an online ESL Teacher and Teacher Mentor, and coaches youth soccer in the summer. Beth Ann is passionate about the environment and enjoys being active. Early morning runs, bike rides, paddles, and yoga are her favourite things. She lives on the South Shore of Nova Scotia with her husband, two sons, and their dog, Gordie.   

Nancy Rose

Nancy is the author/photographer of 4 childrens book in the Secret Life of Squirrels series, and a new (2021) alphabet board book featuring Oakley the Squirrel. She is a retired high school Family Studies teacher and Guidance Counsellor. In 2010 she started making squirrel size props (a barbecue, mailbox, washer and dryer, etc) and dioramas, and she lured her backyard squirrels into her sets by hiding nuts. Her humorous photos of the squirrels appeared online and in newspapers and magazines world-wide. In 2014 her first children’s book, The Secret Life of Squirrels, was published in Canada, U.S. and Japan and South Korea. For classroom visits, Nancy brings along a tote box filled with some of her homemade props to show the students and she talks about the art and craft of recycling and being creative.

Nancy’s books are available in paperback to schools through Scholastic Books.

Nancy is available again for Google Meet sessions, which went over very well in the 2020 school year, and also for live classroom presentations.


Elizabeth Peirce

Elizabeth Peirce is a Halifax-based author, editor, teacher, and gardener. For Nimbus Publishing, she has authored and co-authored two historical fiction books about infamous cases of piracy in Nova Scotian history, Saladin and The Pirate Rebel, one guide to vegetable gardening in a tough climate (Grow Organic, winner of the 2011 APMA Best Atlantic Published Book award) and a preserving cook and guide book, You Can Too! Her book for children, The Big Flush, is dedicated to her young son and his horror of loudly-flushing public toilets. In 2019, she published Lost and Found: Recovering Your Spirit After a Concussion, a toolbox of strategies for healing from a difficult injury. When she’s not writing and editing, she enjoys cooking, canning, and encouraging people to tear up their lawns and grow some vegetables! Visit her website at

Elizabeth will be offering virtual workshops based on her books through the WITS program in 2020-21, including:

(for P-2) How your biggest fears can make the best stories

(for grades 3-9) What is food security and where does our food come from?

(for grades 9-12) Writing to heal: surviving and thriving under challenging circumstances

Wade White

Wade Albert White is a novelist, a part-time lecturer in ancient history and languages, and a stay-at-home parent. Born and raised in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Wade has also lived significant portions of his life in Moncton, New Brunswick, and Toronto, Ontario. He also once spent an hour and a half in Hawaii.

Wade holds a Master of Arts degree in Hebrew Language and Literature from the University of Toronto. In addition to working as a teaching assistant while finishing his studies, he has lectured for several years at both Acadia Divinity College in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, as well as Crandall University in Moncton, New Brunswick. He most often teaches Introduction to Classical Hebrew or a related subject. Other jobs have included being the managing director of a children’s summer camp for three years running, working in a university archives, working as a university tutor, and picking apples.

Wade’s first novel, The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes, was released on September 13, 2016. It was a BookExpo America (BEA) 2016 Middle Grade Buzz Book, and Indies Introduce Summer/Fall 2016 selection, was included in the 2016 ABC Best Books for Young Readers as well as the Children’s Book Review Best New Kids Books for Preteens and Tweens (September 2016), and received a starred listing by the Canadian Children’s Book Centre in the Spring 2017 “Best Books for Kids & Teens.” Wade will be receiving the Emerging Author Award from the Atlantic Independent Bookseller’s Association on July 9, 2017. His second novel, The Adventurer’s Guide to Dragons (and Why They Keep Biting Me), will be released on September 5, 2017, and he is currently working on the third installment in the series, The Adventurer’s Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It).

In relationship to his writing career, specifically that of being an author of middle grade fiction, Wade has given presentations and readings and conducted workshops with students in schools and libraries in both the US and Canada. Most of his contact has been with students in Grades 4–6, but on occasion he has presented both to younger and older audiences as well.

When he isn’t writing, presenting, or preparing lecture notes, Wade enjoys studying hand-drawn animation and filmmaking. He currently lives in the Annapolis Valley area of Nova Scotia with his wife and their three sons. Also, he has one real cat and one pretend one, and they get along fabulously.

Melody Fitzpatrick

Melody Fitzpatrick is the author of the middle grade novels- Hannah Smart:Operation Josh TaylorHannah Smart:On a Slippery Slope, and Hannah Smart: In Over Her Head. Melody’s goal is to get kids, especially reluctant readers, hooked on reading. She wants to make children laugh, but perhaps more importantly, to show them that mistakes are going to happen; that sometimes we just need to get over ourselves and push forward because better days are on the way. Through her writing, she strives to encourage kids to feel inspired and empowered and to understand that they are far more capable than they think they are. 

Melody works  for the Halifax Regional School Board where she helps kids discover their amazing inner-awesomeness every day.  She has studied writing for children and has a bachelor’s degree in modern languages (French and English) from Mount Saint Vincent University. Melody lives in Bedford, N.S with her husband and her two crazy-talented teenage kids, who never cease to amaze her.


Geraldine Tuck

Geraldine Tuck writer, world traveller and retired elementary teacher, is known for her Mystery Marauder Series for readers 8-14. Setting is along the south shore of Nova Scotia during the 1930’s. The first three books deal with rum running, gold mining and the Oak Island Mystery. All are suitable for grades 3-6. During a school visit, students are dressed as characters and books are discussed. Time to draw a treasure map or give a verbal lesson, ‘Improving Detail’, is also offered.

New: Checkout a recent interview in the WITS  Video library.

Her newest book, Halifax Explosion Mystery, was published in time for the 100 anniversary of the explosion. The content is suited to grades 5-7. The hour visit involves: a power point presentation on the history of the explosion, an explanation how artifacts and newspapers are used to plot a story and an interactive lesson showing students how she weave facts with fiction.

Midnight Marauders ,Moonlight Marauders, Mystery Marauders and Halifax Explosion Mystery appear on the Education Book Order List for Nova Scotia teachers.  Contact GlenMargaret Publishing. for large orders. You can buy directly from the author’s email,

Check out Geraldine’s website:

Rachel Cooper

Rachel is a freelance writer, editor and instructor with 20+ years’ experience. Clients include fiction and memoir authors, businesses, government, not-for-profits, and universities.

Lou Boudreau

Captain Lou Boudreau was born in Canada, and first went to sea when he was six months old aboard the famous 98 foot schooner “Yankee”. His father owned and sailed the schooner in the beautiful Bras D’Or Lakes of Cape Breton in Nova Scotia. When Lou was about one year old, he took his first ocean voyage aboard the schooner “Doubloon” with his mother and father. This momentous first sail aboard this large schooner would take Lou away from Canada and onto a life of adventure in the warmer islands of the Caribbean.

Growing up aboard his father’s schooners and on the island of St. Lucia, Lou spent a magical childhood exploring every nook and cranny of these large yachts, and under the guidance of his father, learned the ropes of life at sea. Spending most of his early life in Marigot Bay, St. Lucia, Lou became fluent in Patois, the local language of St. Lucia. He would spend time free diving and spear-fishing in the crystal clear waters of the islands and would inevitably bring back lots of lobster, conch and other delicious seafood for the charter guests onboard the family’s yachts.As a young adult, Lou began sailing as a crew member with his father and, after sitting for his Master’s papers, he went on to skipper the 90 foot ketch “Atlanta”, and the 138 foot Hereshoff schooner “Mariette”. Over the years, Captain Lou Boudreau has been fortunate to have skippered some of the finest vessels in the world.

After swallowing the anchor in 1996, Lou returned to Canada and began writing. His first book, “The Man Who Loved Schooners”, was published in 2000. A fictional novel, “Fandango’s Gold”, followed in 2006 (Film Fools gold) and “Where the Trade Winds Blow”, published in 2012, chronicles his own life growing up in the Caribbean. Several of his stories were also published in the anthology “We Belong to the Sea”.

Janet Barkhouse


Janet Barkhouse retired from professional theatre in 1982, and from teaching high school English in 2005. She’s written and directed plays for children from ages 8 to 18, written innovative English curriculum for the Province of Nova Scotia, and given workshops and readings for young people, teachers and writers across the Province.

In 2006 she fell in love with writing poems. Since then she has studied with many extraordinary poets, at universities in Halifax, and at the Banff Centre. Her debut book of poems, Salt Fires (Pottersfield, 2018) follows on two chapbooks, Silence and Sable Island Fieldnotes. In 2013-14, through their Humanities-HEALS program, she was Artist in Residence (Writing) at Dalhousie University’s Medical School.

Janet lives near Mahone Bay on Nova Scotia’s South Shore.


Kate Inglis

Kate Inglis lives along the south shore of Nova Scotia, Canada, where she was born. In November 2009 her first novel was published — The Dread Crew: Pirates of the Backwoods, a book January Magazine calls “a spirited tale, gorgeously rendered.” It was nominated for a Hackmatack Award in Nova Scotia and a Red Cedar Award in British Columbia. The sequel, Flight of the Griffons, was released in spring 2014. In fall 2015, Kate’s third book will come out—a picture book of monster poetry for 4-8 year olds. Her first award-nominated adult non-fiction book—Notes for the Everlost: A Field Guide to Grief—was published in 2018 with Shambhala Books.

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