“A lot of writers… write a book, send it out, and they can’t help it, they put themselves on pause mode waiting to hear. For me, that’s absolutely no good,” says prolific author Sylvia McNicoll. She prefers to get straight to work on the next project—while her legions of readers rejoice.
Growing up in Montreal, Sylvia never expected to become a writer. English wasn’t even her first language. But somewhere between days at her job in cash management and caring for her kids, and her nights at school getting her B.A., she caught the bug and it has yet to let her go.
In the midst of a busy freelance career, a friend persuaded her to sign up for Paul Kropp’s course in Writing for Children at Sheridan College, and there she discovered her vocation.
“I wrote my first novel, Blueberries and Whipped Cream, as the class project,” she says. She now has over thirty books and many honours—including a Silver Birch Award, a Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award, and a Hamilton Arts Award —to her credit.
Sylvia’s latest, Best Friends Through Eternity was inspired by the true story of a teen who was killed at a railway crossing and will resonate with readers who have struggled with cultural identity, a sense of belonging, and the real meaning of home.
Former editor of Today’s Parent, Sylvia often travels to teach and talk about writing, but when she’s not on the road, she lives in Burlington, Ontario.