Students Interview Author Claire Gilchrist

By Liam Parker-Vertel '26 and Isaac Derksen '26

On November 26, local author Claire Gilchrist came to our school and talked to grades 4, 5, 6 and 7. She is a Vancouver-born author as well as a middle school teacher. We learned about the writing process and how writing a book can take a whole year. 

Her new book, Street Shadows, has just been released. She started the book after an experience in a graveyard with a coyote. We asked her the following questions:  

Q: When did you start writing books?
A: I started writing books in 2014.

Q: When did you publish your first book?
A: 2019.

Q: Why did you decide to write books?
A: It was very quiet and peaceful and a fun thing to do.

Q: Who gave you the idea to be a writer?
A: The story of Pica and Scruff started forming in my head and I decided to turn it into a book.

Q: Why did you decide to write this book?
A: I thought that others would be curious about the day-to-day in a coyote's life. 

Q: What is your book all about? 
A: My book is about two coyotes surviving in the city.

Thank you, Ms. Gilchrist, for sharing your knowledge and expertise about the writing process and for reading us your new novel!