Monique Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith is an award winning, bestselling author, and professional consultant. She has written eight books including Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, My Heart Fills with Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Lucy and Lola, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, and When We Are Kind. Monique’s most recent novel, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, was long listed for Canada Reads 2021. Monique is Cree, Lakota, and Scottish. She lives in British Columbia, Canada, with her teenage twins.

Interview

What was your favorite book when you were a child?

Are you there god? It’s me Margaret by Judy Blume

What’s your favorite line from a book?

“Why is the world so beautiful?” –Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer

Who are your top three favorite authors or illustrators?

Julie Flett, Richard Van Camp, Maeve Binchy

Why did you want to become an author or illustrator?

When I was growing up, I heard so many stories in my home and with my family. I want readers to have the same experience of how stories can change our lives, validate our feelings and experiences and give us hope.

Do you have any advice for future authors or illustrators?

Pay attention. All around us are stories, characters, clues for dialogue…inspiration.