Yolanda Ridge - Author
Yolanda Ridge has always had a lot to say. As a young girl, she talked her way through every family meal, only to be left alone at the table after everyone else was finished eating. When she wasn't telling stories, she was reading --- both are still two of her favorite things to do.
Before writing for young people, Yolanda wrote everything from poetry filled with teenaged angst to scientific articles full of words no one can pronounce. In 2006, she became the mother of twin boys who inspired her return to creative writing. With a master's degree in science and ten-years of experience working as a genetic counsellor, she's adept at making complex concepts understandable --- a skill she uses when crafting middle-grade novels, teaching and author visits.
Originally from Ontario, Yolanda grew up in Alberta and eventually settled in British Columbia because she couldn't go any further west. She currently lives in the Monashee Mountains where she likes to ski, cycle and hike with her family. The only girl in the house, she still has a lot to say --- even if her dog and cat are the only ones listening.