About the Author
My name is Elaine Kachala. I began writing for children about four years ago. Since then, two of my picture books were longlisted in CANSCAIP's Writing for Children Competition (2017, 2018). And my middle-grade nonfiction book will debut in Fall 2022!
What inspired me to embark on this children’s writing journey? I've always been a lover of children's books, but mostly, it's fun, challenging, and a chance to investigate many different topics. I never stop learning, and I love the writing process.
People sometimes ask, where do your story ideas come from?
In a nutshell, everywhere!
There’s so much going on in the world. I get ideas from reading, listening, and thinking about what people are saying and writing about. In another chapter of my life, I’m a health policy advisor. That means I investigate issues and write reports, mostly for governments and health care workers. Sometimes health topics work their way into my stories. And there’s our family’s Golden Retriever, Tucker. He’s the star of my picture book, Tucker’s Reading Rescue.
What else? I was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, and that's where I live with my husband and two daughters. I graduated from university with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. When I'm not working, I'm exercising! I love being outdoors, especially hiking and biking.
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