Kyo Maclear - Author
Kyo is a self-professed spork --- her father is British and her mother is Japanese. She was born in England, where she enjoyed a brief theatrical career in London's West End. Little did she know when she appeared in The King and I that her one line --- “I believe in snow” --- would be prophetic. At age four, in the midst of a very snowy winter, she and her parents moved to Toronto, Canada.
Later Kyo attended university, where she did not study dentistry or architecture (much to the great vexation and sorrow of her parents), but instead pursued a degree in Art History. She followed this degree with another vexing degree in Cultural Studies (her poor parents). Alas, though she acquired several useful skills as a longtime student (e.g. pencil sharpening, binder organization and laundry folding), neither degree led to particularly enriching employment. This is just as well because there is nothing like being hungry and bored and underemployed to fire up one's imagination.
Kyo now resides in Toronto, where she shares a home with two children, a cat, a musician and a lot of books. In addition to writing, she likes to listen to music, watch old movies, do yoga, make art and play around in her bright, open kitchen. Spork, the story of a mixed kitchen utensil and Kyo's debut book for children, was originally conceived with her husband to celebrate the birth of their first child. As well as writing for children, Kyo is a novelist and a visual-arts writer.