Born and raised on Cape Breton Island, Sue Farrell Holler can’t remember a time when she didn’t write. She traces the start of her writing career to elementary school when she regularly wrote to more than a hundred penpals in North America. A genuine love of writing led Sue to journalism school in Halifax, N.S. where she earned an honours degree from the University of King’s College.
Sue has lived and worked in Nova Scotia, the Northwest Territories and Alberta with her work appearing in local, regional and national publications. For six years, she penned a popular and humorous weekly column about family life that first appeared in Sun Media newspaper GP Ink, then moved from 2010 to 2013 to the Daily Herald-Tribune.
Sue is most often inspired by real people, real places and real events. Her first children’s book, To the Post Office with Mama, is a picture book based on a walk she took with her toddler son in the rural town of Sexsmith, Alberta. A few years later, she chronicled the adventures of another son in To the Pool with Mama, which is set at the Leisure Centre pool in Grande Prairie. Both picture books were published by Annick Press of Toronto.
Her first middle-grade novel was published in 2009 by Second Story Press of Toronto. Set on the Siksika First Nation in Alberta, Lacey and the African Grandmothers is a fictionalized story inspired by a true one. When Lacey hears of how women in Africa are raising their grandchildren because the parents are sick with or have died of AIDS, she contacts the Stephen Lewis Foundation asking if she can help.
Sue has two passions: writing and literacy. As well as writing for adults and children, she devotes most of her volunteer activities to improving opportunities for children to connect with stories and the people who write and illustrate them.
Additionally, Sue is past president of the Grande Prairie chapter of the Children’s Literature Roundtable, a member of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta, a member and former director of the Young Alberta Book Society, and a professional member of the Canadian Authors’ Association.
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