Creston Valley Public Library is proud to support Creston and area based authors. We purchase copies of all items published locally, and our meeting room is available free of charge for authors wishing to hold an event or reading.

Please contact us if you know of any Creston and area based authors not listed here, or to update current listings.

Creston and Area Based Authors List

Luanne Armstrong is the author of poetry, novels, non-fiction, and children’s books, which have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Red Cedar Award and the Canadian Library Association’s Book of the Year.  She is deeply interested in writing about place and nature.  Luanne teaches Creative Writing online for the University of British Columbia and lives on her farm on Kootenay Lake.

Ute Bachinski is a visual artist and author of The Foot Story, which began as a made-up bedtime tale and over the years morphed into this book. It is a slightly absurd cautionary tale with, of course, a happy ending.

Linda Breault holds degrees from the University of British Columbia, University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University. Her careers in Canada span a lifetime of work with young people and women, but her joy is in international work supporting marginalized people in self-development and self-reliance. She has lived, loved and worked in Africa, Latin America, New Zealand, Australia, Central Asia and China.

Deryn Collier is the author of Confined Space, which was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for best first crime novel. Her second novel, Open Secret was recently published. Originally from Montreal, she is a graduate of McGill University. After a short career as a federal bureaucrat she ran away to the mountains of British Columbia where she has been ever since. She has worked in a log yard, a brewery, as a doctor recruiter and a communications consultant.

Valerie Comer lives where food meets faith in her real life, her fiction, and on her blog and website. She and her husband of over 30 years farm, garden, and keep bees on a small farm, where they grow and preserve much of their own food. Her experience has planted seeds for many stories rooted in the local-food movement.

Connie Cook lives and writes in beautiful Creston, B.C. Her background and education is in Bible and Missions.

Julie Ewashen, a graduate of Wesley College, Dublin, Ireland, is a retired registered nurse and midwife who now lives with her husband in Creston, B.C.  Encouraged to pursue a career in writing, Ms. Ewashen has studied creative writing by correspondence and workshops. She is a retired drama critic and reporter for the Creston Valley Advance.

Vanessa Farnsworth has twenty years of experience writing short and feature articles on rural living, gardening, horticulture and agriculture, including Canadian Gardening, Canadian Living, Harrowsmith Country Life, Kootenay Life East, The Creston Valley Advance. Her literary fiction has been published in journals across Canada and in the United States, including The Dalhousie Review and The New Quarterly.  Highlights for 2013 include the release of a short documentary Life in the Slow Lane: Heavy Horse Farming in Canada and the publication of a book-length work of creative non-fiction, Rain on a Distant Roof: A Personal Journey Through Lyme Disease in

Susan Lohrer grew up all over western Canada and lives in BC with her husband, their two children who are still at home, three dogs, and far too many aquariums. She believes life is always better with a healthy dose of humor.

Sheri-Lynn Marean, author of the Dracones series, a dark, steamy paranormal romance, lives in the Creston Valley. She started writing eight years ago when the idea of immortals who change into dragons was born and with more than twenty characters to write stories for, there is no end in sight for the series. Sheri-Lynn released her first book in March of 2016.

Calvin Murdock has written stories, poems and songs since his early teens. His first book is derived from the inspiration of his part wolf dog, Luke. He enjoys his dog Trex doing abstract art, reading and working on old cars. Calvin lives and works in his hometown of Creston B.C. with his wife, Wendy, his dog and cat, Baxter.

Tanna Patterson-Z has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Renewable Resources Diploma from Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta. Her first book, Exploring the Creston Valley, was published in 1989 by Waterwheel Press; she has also written children’s stories and articles for the Creston Valley Advocate and the newsletter of the environmental organization Wildsight.

Dr. David Perrin practiced veterinary medicine in the Kootenay region of British Columbia for 26 years before penning his first collection of stories, Don’t Turn Your Back in the Barn. As a young man, he enjoyed writing poetry and short stories, but it wasn’t until 1999 that he put his heart into full-time creative writing.  Dr. Perrin has four best-selling volumes of veterinary adventures in bookstores across Canada and another volume called Keep Sweet…Children of Polygamy, that he wrote with Deb Palmer about her childhood experiences in the fundamentalist LDS community of Bountiful. Keep Sweet won the Vancity Prize for the best BC book on women’s issues for 2005.

Will Ralston comes from an anglophone family, but grew up in Germany and went to school in the francophone program after returning to Canada- so started life with three languages and an inclination to see the world and experience other cultures. After high school, Will traveled around Europe, then Australia, and eventually a one year university exchange to Tokyo in Japan. This led to a degree in Japanese & East Asian studies, but it wasn’t enough so he went to Argentina to learn Spanish. All this was accomplished by living alone on fire lookouts for 10 summers. Will met his wife in Argentina and they came back to Canada, where he took an MBA and ended up working in Ottawa in international banking and Canadian trade promotion with the federal government. It was fascinating but draining, so the family decided to reboot and move to the Kootenays to slow down the pace of life, have a little farm and home school their boys. After 6 years here, The Ralstons are now embarking on their next adventure to live in Peru for a couple of years. The children’s series Will is creating will focus on teaching children about other cultures, history, religions, science and philosophy through the adventures of magical pumpkins (The Grumpkins), and with the intention to have them available in several languages to help children practice new language acquisition.