photo courtesy of Lesley Chisholm

photo courtesy of
Lesley Chisholm

Darcee O'Hearn
Author of the Legends of the Forest series

Darcee loves to hike, explore, and breathe in the wonders of nature. For her, a blade of grass can be seen entirely different from a city slicker’s view. It turns into a game called, “Tree or Bush?” You have to purchase a book to find out how to play that game. One of her favorite things to do in the fall is to collect acorns!

She lives in Rossland, a small town in British Columbia with her husband, Doug, and her adorable three kids, Alexander, Jill, and Charlie. She enjoys spending time with her family, camping, gardening, storytelling, sewing, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and doing everything that is interpretive. She's had lots of different jobs in the forest industry, working in remote locations such as Haida Gwaii and Mackenzie B.C. She has many exciting stories to share, such as being stalked by wolves and being chased by a grizzly bear, as well as all the other adventures she endured while cycling across Canada. Ask her about the flying potatoes!


Adam Young
Illustrator of Wendy the Whitebark Pine

Adam Young is an artist, illustrator and teacher. He has a B.F.A from Mount Allison University and a B.E d from Crandall University. Adam has illustrated for magazines and newspapers across Canada. Adam lives on Fogo Island, Newfoundland with his wife, two children and a Chihuahua named Johnny Cash. To see more of his work you can visit his website at

photo courtesy of Ursula Abresch

photo courtesy of
Ursula Abresch

Ximena Abresch
Illustrator of Leonard the Larch & Cedric the Cedar

Seventeen years old and still aging, Ximena was born in the heart of cowboy state, in the United States of America, only to promptly move to the much chillier city of Ottawa, Ontario. Not long after, she crossed vast tracts of land to arrive in Trail, British Columbia, where she enjoys hiking and backpacking in the treacherous mountain paths, amidst crowds of ravenous bears, the raven eyeing her from the towering pines. When not braving the wilderness, she spends her time parked in front of a computer, drawing and painting various masterpieces, furthering her knowledge of decorative knot work, or studying whatever subject tickles her fancy.