Author: Linda Bailey

I was born and grew up in Winnipeg. In my twenties, I traveled around the world, mostly by ship, working in England and Australia. Then I moved to Vancouver, where I earned a B.A. and an M.Ed. at the University of British Columbia. Vancouver is really beautiful. I still live here, a five-minute walk from the ocean. I'm an ex-college teacher, an ex-editor, an ex-travel agent and . . .

Now I'm the author of more than twenty books for kids. Best known are the Stevie Diamond mystery series, the Good Times Travel Agency adventures, and the picture books about Stanley the dog, illustrated by Bill Slavin. Many of my books have now travelled around the world — just like me.

As a Child

Linda Bailey with sisters Wendy and Debbie I was a reader and a daydreamer. Thank goodness for that. Reading and daydreaming are fabulous preparation for becoming a writer.

But of course, that's not all I did. There were a lot of kids in my neighbourhood — a lot! — and we tore around in gangs, playing cops-and-robbers and cowboys-and-cowgirls and wrecking the flower beds. Always, always, my favourite games were the ones that start with "Let's pretend." (Pretending is the other thing that's excellent preparation for writers.)