About Peta-Gaye Nash
I never imagined myself as a children’s author. I started writing stories after I had children. I am the eldest of three girls but my mom says I still act like I’m 6. My stories all have important messages like road safety, being yourself and the importance of education. The inspiration comes from life experiences because there’s a lesson to be learned from everything. I wrote my first children’s story Don’t Take Raja to School in 2003 but I put it at the back of my closet because the story didn’t have a happy ending. Six years later, the story got its happy ending and my first children’s book was published. It was inspired by my daughter Jade and her stuffed animal Raja. The other three books are inspired and written about experiences with my other three children, Reine, Liam and Meadow. I was born in Jamaica and I’ve also lived in the United States and Norway. Now I call Canada home, along with my husband and four children. In 2015, I won the Marty Awards for Emerging Literary Art and in 2013, got an honorable mention for the same award. I teach English as a Second Language during the day and write at night.