Author & Artist's Corner: Author
We are happy to announce that Brenda Moore has won the 2012 International Reading Association Paul A. Witty Short Story Award for “Beyond the Call of Duty,” which appeared in the January 2011 issue of Cricket. You can congratulate her by leaving a comment below or ask her questions about how she wrote her newest story for Cricket, “The Bandit Runner,” which is in the May/June issue.
Brenda Moore grew up in the small mining town of Kimberley in the Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada. She loved animals, so it was wonderful to grow up near the woods with all its wildlife. In grade 3, her class went on the best field trip ever—across the playground to collect pond water. Back in the classroom they looked at drops of water under a microscope. She couldn’t believe all the interesting microbes darting around. It was a whole new world that she found fascinating.
Later, in university, she majored in microbiology so she could learn about those microscopic creatures. She spent summers studying fish parasites in the department of fish science and surveying nematodes (microscopic worms) for Agriculture Canada. After graduating, she worked with an environmental consulting firm. They did government projects, mostly monitoring the effects of various toxins on fish. She wrote some papers then, but they weren’t especially entertaining.
Brenda discovered the joy of writing for entertainment through her children. She loved how a good story could bring life to a dull day and turn a grumpy child into a curious child. She was inspired to take writing courses through the Institute of Children’s Literature, and found writing nonfiction to be a natural fit.
Nowadays, Brenda lives near Vancouver B.C. with her husband and three children and their little dog Clancy. She loves to go for bike rides on the local dikes where there’s lots of birdlife to see. She also enjoys walking Clancy along the beach. All sorts of interesting things can wash up such as whales and beavers. “Last summer, I nearly tripped over a sleeping baby seal. He was orphaned, so we took him to the Marine Mammal Rescue Centre at the port of Vancouver. Following a tour of the facility, the staff invited us to name our seal. The theme was vegetables, and with so many names already taken, all we could think of was Acorn Squash. I hope the little fellow didn’t mind.”
“It is such a privilege to have my stories published in Cricket and I am thrilled to win the Witty award. Such an unexpected honor! It is very gratifying to know that others enjoyed reading the story of Gander as much as I enjoyed writing it. I hope everyone also enjoys the story of Bobbi Gibb. Her courage and her power to initiate change amazed me.
I am very excited to answer any questions Cricket readers may have about my stories (or anything else), and I am look forward to hearing your comments. So fire away!”