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Marie Gage, a retired occupational therapist, creates stories for adults and children from her lived experiences. Her fictional stories emanate from insights gained through interaction with real people. Her grandchildren provide much of the fodder for her work but she is also working on a work of historical fiction loosely based on the lives of her grandparents.
The children’s book series was created with the assistance of her sister, Audrey Ramsay, as the illustrator. Audrey is a retired CSR clerk who has always experimented with various types of media such as watercolour, acrylic, pen and ink, washable oils and pencil crayon. She is predominantly self-taught but has taken many art classes to learn the basics about techniques.
The first book’s illustrations were drawn on paper using watercolour pencils in an effort to create colourful pictures that would be attractive to young readers. For the second and third books she learned to create the drawings using digital technology.