Darcy Dobell is the author and editor of many science books and magazine articles for children and students. Sometimes she believes she is a scientist who writes, and sometimes a writer who studies science. The Oyster Who Looked At the Sky is her first picture book. Darcy and her family live in British Columbia, dividing time between Vancouver and Lasqueti Island.
Marilyn Dumont is of Cree/Metis ancestry. Since 1985, she has published in numerous Canadian literary journals, and her work has been widely anthologized, as well as broadcast on radio and television. Her first collection of poems—A Really Good Brown Girl—won the 1997 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award from the League of Canadian Poets. She has taught Creative Writing at Simon Fraser University and Kwantlen University College in Vancouver. She has also worked in video production as an intern with the National Film Board. She holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia, and was most recently Writer-in-Residence at the University of Alberta.
Michael Elcock was born in Forres, Scotland and grew up in Edinburgh and West Africa. He emigrated to Canada when he was twenty-one and worked in pulp mills, in the woods, on west coast fishing boats and as a ski instructor, earning along the way a B.A. and M.Ed at the University of Victoria. He was Athletic Director at UVic for ten years, and then CEO of Tourism Victoria for five. In 1990 he moved to Andalusia to work on developing Spain’s Expo 92. He has published articles in periodicals, newspapers and magazines in Canada and overseas. Elcock has published two works of non-fiction, A Perfectly Beautiful Place (Oolichan, 2004) and Writing On Stone (Oolichan, 2006). He lives just outside of Victoria, BC.
Mark Ellis lives in Marlborough, England. Over the years he has lived and worked in India, Thailand, North Africa, and many European countries. Married to an American for thirty-five years he has also spent a lot of time in Canada and the United States. For the majority of his life he has worked in the field of education as an English language specialist. He is the author of five novels.
After years of photographing athletes of all types around the world, Mark has settled in Fernie, BC with his wife. Together, they run a bike a ski shop called the Guide's Hut and can often be found enjoying Fernie's many outdoor pursuits.