Grace Casselman worked for many years as a business and technology journalist -- writing for a number of prominent newspapers, such as the National Post, the Globe and Mail and the Calgary Herald. She also edited technology magazines, including Computerworld Canada, Canadian Computer Wholesaler and ebiz Magazine. That line of work gave her the chance to travel and has taken her to tradeshows and conventions all across the United States and throughout Europe.
Grace grew up as a minister's daughter, moving from parish to parish in Eastern and Northern Ontario. In total, she ended up attending five elementary schools and two high schools. While it was somewhat traumatic always being "the new kid”, that experience helped her in later life to adapt to new situations.
Grace was always interested in writing. She decided to study at Carleton University in Ottawa, where she earned an Honours Bachelor of Journalism, graduating in 1991. She worked on staff at technology publications for
Her first novel for young readers, A Hole in the Hedge, was published by Napoleon in 2003. It was shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year and won an Alberta Book Award. A Walk in the Park features many of the same characters but deals with the story of a new protagonist, Terra, a fourteen-year-old girl struggling to adapt to life in a new town, and the issue of adoption.
This talented novelist passed away in late 2006 and is missed by all.