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Though they wrote people nearly every day, neither Nana Noonan nor my Aunt learned to fold a letter. They’d just grab the pile of pages and fold them until the paper fit the envelope.

It made for a reading experience beyond compare. The richness of their descriptions was pure entertainment. What they left out, we read between the lines. Most often they would write about the same thing. Nana wrote to me. My Aunt wrote to my Mom. We could compare the letters and find out the real story. I soon learned that some of the 'news' from Nana was not for immediate publication.

The incidents and events in my stories happened in one way or the other. Some of the physical descriptions of the area are changed, as are some of the dates.

While the characters are based on real people; they are mostly fictional composites. Any relationship to living people is shocking and purely co-incidental.

The Telkwa Barbecue and Smithers Fall Fair are actual events. If you’re ever up that way and have the chance, be sure to attend.

The Smithers Skating Club might exist in some form. The Ice Follies is purely fictional. Although there was a skater once …

My books are dedicated to my grandparents, parents, husband, kids and cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends, and all our dogs, past, present and future. Thanks for your love, friendship and support. Sincere thanks for the material!

The richness of life in the North Western part of British Columbia is truly something to be celebrated. We’re a unique lot. We have a distinct voice.

And, not to repeat myself (too much), as my husband says, ‘You can take the girl out of the north, but you can’t take the north out of the girl.’ He’s right. Who would in the heck would want to?

Margo Bates, Author



P.S. Always remember those who help you. Here's my growing list: Russ Froese, Art & Frankie Bates, Nana & Grandad Noonan, my "kids" - Ana & Karim, Rachael & Tommaso, Joel & Emma, Perry, Tyson, Corina, my 'g-kids' - Dami, Anna and Miss Esther Rose Z., Miss Maggie T., plus Miss Inaara, Carol Froese & Bernard Fortune, Leanna & Bev MacDonald, Art Hill, Rhonda Norbirg, Patsy Kowan, Tammy Charles & Doug Johnson, Tamara Stanners & Lorne Badger, Jackie Davidson, Lindsay & Susie Meredith, Donna Hollings, "Grandma" Beth Arp, Agnes Johnson, Edie Groening, Stephanie Charles Hammond, John Adames, Tuija Seipell, Cheryl Wilson-Stewart, Kelly Stewart, Karen K. Merrell, Barbara Bell, Tamara Paulin, Gloria Macarenko, Randene Neill, Bill Johnson, Gordon Kirkland, Tim Bete, Susan Reinhardt, Sylvia Taylor, Matthew Patton, Kelly Barrow, Kelli Shute, Eli Richart, Virginia Bassett & Larry Stroh, Hugh Power, Ed Kenney Jr., John Chen-Wing, Tony Burke, Yumi Hirai, Karen Bowman, Asa Zanatta, Diane Askin, Angela McGregor, Terry Reid & Diane Johnson, Mike Whittingham, Sherrin Griffin, Karen Klasen, Randy Pruden, John Harris, Roland & Elaine Holtz, Dave & Claire Wadley, Gayle Seaman, Brian & Caroline Lennan, Susan Campbell, Rob Rose, Audrey Walsh, David Kirk & Janis Foord Kirk, Bob Mackay, Ben Nuttall-Smith, Perry Wilson, Anne Helps, Jean Kay, Margaret Anne Hume, Anita Miettunen, Chloe Desilets, Russ Harvey, Carol Tulpar, Ed Griffin, Ron Young, Brian Rodda, Loreena Lee, Joy Haskell, Anita Purcell, Matthew Bin, Kathleen Schmitt, Bernice Lever, Joyce Goodwin and Dennis E. Bolen.



TWS Community Workshops: Research for Fiction and Non-Fiction with Margo Bates

SFU The Writer's Studio Community Workshop: Research for Fiction and Non-Fiction. Location: SFU Vancouver Campus, Harbour Centre Date and Time: Sat Jan 13, 2018 from 10 am to 1 pm Cost: $30 read more...

Pitching Your Story - Wed Jan 10 at Canadian Authors-Metro Vancouver

How do you balance the need to convey the essence of a story with the need to avoid bogging down in detail? Margo will show writers how to make the most of a ten-minute pitch session. read more...

Workshops & Speaking Engagements

Margo speaks to groups and students on a variety of topics. She's developed these workshops for authors: It's All About YOU - Marketing yourself and your work, Research - The key to writing fiction and non-fiction. What a Character! Humour Writing and Sto read more...

Book Clubs

Margo speaks to Book Clubs in person or via Skype. read more...

Review on PS Don't Tell Your Mother by Kathleen Schmitt

Anyone ... gets the real picture [of life in a small town] in this story of the petty quarrels, competitions, and surprising human tenderness that reveal the way life flows with lots of ripples in Telkwa BC. ... Fun and easy to read ... read more...

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