Erin Thomas has been an avid reader since childhood. She admits to going through a very long Nancy Drew phase, and then having an even longer love affair with fantasy books. As a children’s author, she likes to write stories that feature action and a little bit of mystery, and sometimes a touch of the supernatural.
Roller Coaster (Fall 2013) is her sixth book for reluctant readers. Boarder Patrol, Overboard and Haze were all Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Best Books for Kids and Teens” selections. Haze was also a Resource Links magazine “Year’s Best 2012” selection. She is currently at work on a book about a teenaged sleight-of-hand magician, to be released in 2014 as part of Orca’s new Limelights series.
Erin is an active member of CANSCAIP and of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region, and a repeat participant in the well-known Writing for Children workshop run out of Mabel’s Fables bookstore in Toronto.
Her writing for adults has appeared in On Spec magazine and The Globe and Mail. She is a long-time member of local writing and critique group Critical Ms.
Erin is an Ontario Certified Teacher who worked for several years as an elementary school supply teacher. She has taught writing courses through the Writescape.ca organization and through Centennial College. She loves to meet young readers and writers, and to encourage kids to tell their own stories.
Erin lives in Whitby, Ontario with her family and a ridiculously large book collection.