M.E. Pilkey (Peggy) is a writer living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Prior to the age of eighteen, the first half of her life had included moves within the provinces of British Columbia and Ontario, and the latter half—her formative years—between the cities of Tokushima on Shikoku Island, Japan and Kobe, on the mainland. Like other expatriate children homeschooled in early childhood, she became fluent in the language of her host country, speaking Japanese daily while playing with her sister and their friends in the neighbourhood. During her teenage years, she attended and graduated from Canadian Academy in Kobe–an international day and boarding school where she studied alongside students who at that time, represented twenty-four nationalities. This international experience shaped her worldview and stoked her desire for travel, which was realized after her graduation from university when she and her husband, newly married, accepted a two-year teaching contract with CUSO (now Cuso International) and left Canada to teach secondary school students in Guyana and Jamaica.
A few years after their return to Canada, she and her husband with their two preschool-aged boys made their home in Halifax, where her interest in other cultures continued to be enriched by long-lasting friendships formed over two decades, during which time they host-parented over fifty-five ESL students from eleven different countries. As a way of preserving her memories of living overseas, her creative writing often includes one or more characters from diverse cultural backgrounds. Peggy is a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) and an associate member of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP.)