Interview with Jack Saunders

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My earliest years were in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. My family moved to Denver, Colorado while I was in elementary school. We all loved our lives there in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.
My adult life was a long list of moves. I've enjoyed working in Colorado, Texas, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, northern BC, Vancouver Island, Pender Island, South Korea, and now Powell River, BC.
In 'Twirlybirch Takes Off' the main characters are looking for a new home where they can be happy and safe. They take after me in that respect.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
As an elementary school teacher one of the most enjoyable parts was reading aloud to young students. While teaching Year 3 boys and girls at the British International School in Jeddah, I began writing Twirlybirch stories to share in the classroom. Just like playing guitar in front of people, it took time to get comfortable. Fortunately for me the kids were supportive and enjoyed listening to both my stories and my guitar.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I like to go for a paddle in my kayak when the weather is user-friendly. Watercolor painting and pen & ink drawings are also favorite hobbies. Of course I enjoy reading, mainly fiction. I still dust off my acoustic guitar once in a while. Lately I've gotten into photography with a new camera.
Published 2014-11-16.
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Books by This Author

Twirlybirch to the Rescue
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 6,610. Language: Canadian English. Published: June 14, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories, Fiction » Adventure » Action
In the fifth episode of the Twirlybirch e-books, Beauregard has a variety of problems erupting at school. This time around he manages to find difficulties with the number one class dingbat, and even more unrest and embarrassment with another classmate. Then, on a fishing trip, Beauregard and his Pedal Powered Umbrella are called upon in an emergency. It's time to Hop To It, Beauregard Twirlybirch!
Twirlybirch Lands in Double Trouble
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 8,900. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner, Fiction » Adventure » Travel
Beauregard is happy to show his Pedal-Powered-Umbrella to the father of his new friend, Fatima. Then he and his parents learn it involves a trip to Saudi Arabia. After some convincing, his parents allow Beauregard to travel with Fatima to the Middle East. On their way, a stop in Amsterdam leads to a chase that could land Beauregard in danger. Then in Saudi, it's thieves of a different collar!
Twirlybirch Gets Propelled
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 7,790. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Readers / Beginner
In the 3rd entry of the Twirlybirch series, Beauregard Twirlybirch reads about a man-powered flight named the Gossamer Condor that happened in 1977. Borrowing from that idea, he takes one of his floating umbrellas and decides to give it a propeller. What wild and crazy adventure will he manage to fall into with his new PPU, his Pedal Powered Umbrella?
Twirlybirch and the Volcano
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 12,690. Language: English. Published: November 28, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Beauregard, Sparkle Snowflake, and Auntie Gertrude drum up action and adventure in the South Pacific. Luckily, Beauregard travels with his trusty red and white floating umbrella.
Twirlybirch Takes Off
Price: $1.00 USD. Words: 10,540. Language: English. Published: December 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Action & Adventure / Survival Stories
When Beauregard and Sparkle Snowflake Twirlybirch find themselves on their own, they take matters into their own hands. The two little runaways sneak away from the Police and head for adventure. Together they face all kinds of overwhelming problems including a long lost auntie who just happens to own the house they sneak into. When their auntie turns out to be a robber it's time to go.