Yvonne and Sandy met as teens while working in a public library in a Toronto suburb. Writing books together was the last thing on our minds at that point. In fact, our animated discussions in the book stacks about boys, clothes, beauty products, friends and family, soon led the evil head librarian to schedule us on separate shifts.
While attending the University of Toronto, our conversational topics expanded somewhat and we managed to complete Bachelor of Arts degrees—Yvonne's in Criminology and Political Science and Sandy's in English Literature. Yvonne promptly launched into a series of unsuitable jobs, while Sandy delayed the inevitable by getting a second degree in journalism.
Flash forward a decade or so to find Yvonne on the camera crew of a variety of films and TV series, and Sandy working in corporate communications. We still talked about boys, clothes, beauty products, friends and family, but despite our best efforts, we had come to the age of reason and it was time to share what we'd learned.
At the urging of Yvonne's niece, we wrote a book for teens called Totally Me: The Teenage Girl's Survival Guide. When we ran out of good advice, we turned to writing fiction—first for adults, with Speechless, and then for teens, with Introducing Vivien Leigh Reid: Daughter of the Diva. After the Diva series came The Black Sheep, Girl V. Boy, Love, Inc. and Trade Secrets.
Ten books later, we’re still discussing our top five subjects, and our fascination over what makes relationships tick is stronger than ever.