Born and raised in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Gayle Friesen studied English literature at the University of British Columbia. She’d been married for five years when she gave birth to her son, Bradey, shortly before graduating. Two years later, her daughter, Alex, was born.
All the while, Friesen considered what to do with her degree. “I think I always wanted to be a writer, but at some point I decided that it was too lofty a goal, so I put the idea in the back of my mind.” An assignment in a post-graduate creative writing course gave her the confidence to pursue her desire to write young adult fiction.
Friesen is now a successful full-time writer. Her first novel, Janey’s Girl was critically acclaimed, winning the Red Maple Reading Award and the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award, as well as being nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award. Her next three novels, Men of Stone, Losing Forever, and The Isabel Factor were equally lauded.
Friesen’s latest book is For Now, sequel to Losing Forever.