Ever since I began to read adventure stories as a young girl, I wanted to write the stories I could never find in my local library. I wanted mythical earths and mythical times. I wanted stories of boys and girls, wonderful creatures and beasts who together crossed water and land to rescue the trapped one, save the lost one, and recapture the treasure - all the while trying to stay alive! I wanted bonds of friendships so powerful even time and distance could not sever them. I wanted loves so loyal and pure that even heartache and death could not destroy them. I wanted painful partings and happy endings. I wanted tears.
What I really wanted was Quest.
Canada is my home. The vastness and diversity of this land is, I hope, well reflected in Quest. Much of what is Canada (in land and people) fired my imagination for Quest.
My hope is that Quest takes you back to a time when you were ten or twelve, and left your house and ordinary things, wandered off to sit under the orchard trees or escaped to the play-house or to the park and, in your quiet corner away from the everyday world, lost yourself in a story of wonder; an adventure story you might often have imagined as you played childhood games.
For me, that world was always Quest.
- Don't forget to watch for Quest II: The Rejoining.
This is a book about nothing. It took me fifteen years to write this nothing book but still it’s about something - I’m just not certain what. However this nothing book contains words about me and my random, though very occasionally orderly, ravings when I’m red-eyed at two AM. Hopefully it’s also funny.
Do not use this book as a travel guide, or even as a loose reference leaflet, to any North American destination in my beautiful Canada or my good pal, the U.S.A. This book is more about my observations and the stuff we all saw and gossiped about on the way to the big hole, and not really a book about anywhere in particular. It is a book about my traveling mind.