Maggie de Vries is the author of ten books for children and the award-winning Missing Sarah for adults. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at ubc, runs writing workshops, and coaches and mentors writers. Maggie now lives in Ladysmith, British Columbia. Every summer, she and her husband spend as much time as they can tootling around the Gulf Islands and up the coast in their little old boat, Breakaway. For more information, visit www.maggiedevries.com.