About MeI was a teacher in the VSB for twenty years where I discovered I could weave a good story that kept kids asking for more. I'm the author of the award-winning + read more Shadow of the Unicorn series and young teen novel, A Town Bewitched as well as Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies, a teen novel about a WWI bride who marries a Canadian homesteader only to be struck down by the Great Depression. The latter has been translated into French. I live in Burnaby with my husband, two boys, and Buddy the dog. Show Less

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    Literature Types
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • YA Fiction
  • Educational & Information Books

Published WorksShadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy

Azaria, a unicorn colt, is intrigued when the young, clairvoyant dinosaur, Darius, foresees a terrifying change to their world. When a giant fireball smashes into the earth, the unicorns struggle to survive the hurricanes and starvation that follow. But nothing compares to the danger when the creatures-that-walk-on-two-legs settle in the valley, and their leader discovers the healing power in the unicorns' horns. Greedy and ruthless, Ishmael will stop at nothing in his pursuit of wealth - even the complete extinction of the herd. Azaria must find a way to outsmart Ishmael before it's too late.

Shadow of the Unicorn: The Deception

Sixty years after the unicorns' narrow escape from extinction, Azaria's Legacy has gone wrong. The new generation barely exists, hidden in the depths of the forest. Their cruel and ruthless leader, Icarus, threatens them daily with Jaresh, an invisible being capable of taking away their powers. Angry, the young colt Ulysees and his friend Téo rebel, following an old, abandoned trail where they're discovered by humans. Now the entire herd must flee. But Ulysees learns there's a far greater danger than humans when he meets a giant creature who warns him of impending doom…

A Town Bewitched

It’s tough for Kira, growing up in the small town of Hope as a child prodigy in classical violin, especially when her dad just died. And to make matters worse, Kate McDonough, the red-haired fiddler appears out of nowhere and bewitches the town with her mysterious Celtic music. Even Uncle Jack succumbs to her charms, forgetting his promise to look after Kira’s family. But when someone begins vandalizing the town leaving dead and gutted birds as a calling card, Kira knows without a doubt who’s behind it.

Speaking InformationI'm available to do presentations in French.

I present a toe-tapping presentation, bringing my fiddle and performing French-Canadian and Cape Breton + read more tunes. I recount how I became an accidental author, journeying from composer/pianist, to teacher, and ultimately to author. After presenting my book trailers, I read excerpts from my popular The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Legacy and its sequel, The Shadow of the Unicorn: The Deception, discussing interesting theme-related topics such as what happened when the Chixulub Asteroid struck the earth millions of years ago, and why rhinos and elephants are now considered endangered species in Africa. I also read from my teen novel, A Town Bewitched, a story about a child prodigy in classical violin and what she does when a fiddler with no past bewitches the town of Hope with her mysterious Celtic music. And if the group is old enough, I'll present my most recent novel, Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies, a story of how a WWI bride survives the Great Depression. Books are available for purchase. I also offer my reproducible study guides free for download. Show Less

    I will visit:
  • Virtual presentations & visits
  • Vancouver
  • Coast
  • Lower Mainland
  • Gulf and Vancouver Islands
  • Thompson Okanagan
  • Northern British Columbia
  • Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
  • Kootenay Rockies
  • The Territories
  • Canada - beyond BC
  • USA
  • International

    I Present to Age Groups:
  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-8
  • High School

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TestimonialsSuzanne was our guest author and did a wonderful job sharing her story and love for literacy with + read more our children. Michael Van der Pauw, principal Show Less The children loved Suzanne's presentation and we hope she will be back soon to tell us about her + read more latest book. Judy Losna, teacher
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Awards and Recognition:Gold Global E-Book Award 2013 for Best Fantasy/Alternate History
Dante Rossettie Best Coming of + show more Age Novel 2013 Show Less

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