Richard Scrimger is the award-winning author of over twenty books for children and adults. His works have been translated into many languages and have been critically acclaimed around the world. His first children’s novel, The Nose from Jupiter, won the 10th Annual Mr. Christie’s Book Award. His adult novel, Mystical Rose, was a Globe & Mail book of the year and he has written for a variety of magazines.

Discussing his feelings about being an author on the Tundra Books website, Richard explains: “The best thing about being an author is playing God, and wearing pyjamas all day long…. There is no bad thing, unless you count button fronts.”

His recent novels feature a magic camera, the back end of Laura Secord’s cow, and, in his latest offering — Downside Up — a world where everything is upside down. CM Magazine praised the book, with its thoughtful exploration of loss, as “brilliant, gripping”, and School Library Review said it “inspires all to view the world with fresh eyes.”

When he’s not writing or talking about writing, Richard teaches creative writing at Humber College and gets laughed at by his children. He has four of them. Well, really, they have him. He lives in Toronto.

Appearing in: Authors@School, 6. Writing Engaging Characters