Monique Gray Smith

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Monique Gray Smith is a mom, an award winning, bestselling author, and professional consultant. Her recent writing includes 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, When We Are Kind, I Hope, and Tilly and the Crazy Eights. Monique is Cree and Scottish and lives in Victoria, Canada.


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.