M.E. Pilkey (Peggy) was born in British Columbia and lived in Ontario before moving with her parents and siblings to Japan when she was eight years old. She was homeschooled during the four years she lived in Tokushima City on Shikoku Island, and in her free time, became fluent in Japanese while playing with her friends in the neighbourhood. She attended Canadian Academy in Kobe during her high school years, and fully participated with her friends and roommates in the antics of residence life, while studying alongside students representing twenty-four nationalities. This international experience shaped her worldview and stoked her desire for travel and service, both of which were realized in a two-year teaching contract with the Canadian University Services Overseas. Peggy taught English Literature and Language at the secondary school level in both Guyana and Jamaica. After she and her family had made their home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, her interest in other cultures continued to be enriched by long-lasting friendships formed over two decades, during which time she was a “host parent” to fifty-five international students representing eleven different countries.
She credits the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia (WFNS) for having nurtured her interest in writing soon after her arrival in the province. She placed in several of the organization’s annual Atlantic Writing Competitions which had been, until 2017, open to participation from writers living in the four easternmost provinces of Canada. In addition, she has been longlisted by both CANSCAIP and TWUC-sponsored Writing for Children competitions. While working full-time at Saint Mary’s University library for twenty years, she enjoyed being surrounded by books and friends—always the best of combinations! Gardening, observing backyard wildlife, and amateur photography are some of her other deeply held interests. She is currently a member of the WFNS as well as an associate member of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP).