Hello, I'm Andrea
A book a day keeps boredom at bay
I was born many years ago in Manchester England and came
to live in Canada in 1967.
I've done many jobs in my life. I've been an actor, a
teacher, a folk singer a storyteller and now I'm a
When I first came to Canada as a young woman, I lived
in Edmonton Alberta with my husband David Spalding. We
stayed there for 24 years and had 3 children Jane, Penny,
Alberta is a prairie province with long winters. We
loved the winters and tried to have a picnic outside at
least once a month no matter what the weather. Sometimes
we had to dig the snow out of the fire pit before we
could cook the hot dogs and marshmallows. My favorite
memory from my years in Alberta is our family skating
outdoors on a beautiful lake, under a bright blue prairie
sky and glorious sunshine but with our breath rising like
steam in the freezing air.
I started to write in Alberta, but I didn't write
books, I wrote radio and television Scripts. I also acted
and sang. David and I performed in a TV program called
Storytime. I wrote the scripts and we acted and sang the
songs and interacted with a puppet and a storyteller. It
was lots of fun. Storytime ran nationally every Saturday
morning for four years. It was a show for little kids and
at first it really embarrassed our teenagers. Then they
realized their friends thought it was neat so they they
were able to show they were proud of us.
Jane, Penny, and Lucy are now grown up. All are
married and have children of their own, David and I are
proud grandparents of Jesse, Charles, Anthony, Tosh,
Brandy, and Jack. I love to share my stories with our
grandchildren. You can look for their names in the
dedication of my books.
The Most Beautiful Kite in the
World was my first childrens' book, I followed it
with A World of Stories, and
Finders Keepers. All these
books reflect my love of the prairies.
Then Dave and I moved the the coast of BC to live on a
tiny Island called Pender Island. At first I couldn't
write on Pender. I had too much to learn as the lifestyle
was so different from the prairies and I wasn't sure how
I fitted in.
Now I am really at home here and the stories are
flowing like water. Since I have moved to Pender Island I
Sarah May and the New Red
Dress, An Island of My
Own, Phoebe and the
Gypsy, Me and Mr Mah, and
The Keeper, and the Crows, as well as several books
I am currently working on an adventure series
involving a brother and sister, Rick and Willow Forster,
who travel across Canada and get involved in all kinds of
interesting situations. Learn more about the first book
in this exciting new series. It's called Adventure.Net:
The Lost Sketch.
My favorite Pender Island memory is sitting on a
friend's deck one afternoon and watching a pod of orcas
(killer whales) swim up the channel. They paused in the
bay and frolicked and played for half and hour. They
rolled around and breached completely out of the water,
several times. It was a wonderful sight. Someday I hope
to write a book involving whales.
I write on a small laptop computer that I can easily
carry around with me. I can write anywhere, on the beach,
on the ferry, in bed - actually I often do my writing in
bed - and when I'm travelling. I find that interesting
places often give me an idea for a story so I like to
I hope to carry on writing for a long time. I love to
travel and visit new places. Who knows, maybe Ill
visit your area next. Watch for me!