John Gordon - Author

John Gordon

Palmerston, Ontario - although my family lived in a town of 1200 called Harriston, which didn't have its own hospital.

May 23rd, which is great because it's near Victoria Day and my kids thought the fireworks were for my birthday.

Where do you live now?
A little town called Midland, Ontario, on the shores of Georgian Bay (part of Lake Huron).

When did you start writing?
When I was six.

How did you get involved with children's books?
I wanted to do something that my kids could relate to, and I think golf is a great sport for children (and adults).

What are your hobbies?
Golf, golf, and more golf, followed closely by reading.

Do you have any pets?
Four fish and a big black dog named Tubbs, because he's fat.

What is your favorite food?
Anything spicy---I have a whole cupboard full of hot sauces.

What was your training or schooling?
I wrote for my high school and university newspapers. I studied political science at university and started to go to law school, when I decided what I really wanted to do was write for a living.

Do you have any tips for young creators?
The only way to get better is to keep writing all the time. Practice, practice, practice! Don't get discouraged and always be open to constructive criticism.

Do you have a favorite book?
Legends of the Fall, by Jim Harrison.

What is your favorite movie?
The Thin Man series.

What is the thing you like the most about creating kids' books?
The fact that my kids helped me by telling me what they liked and didn't like about the writing.

Where do you work?
In the attic of my old house.

How do you research or create your stories?
By talking to other people and watching what they do, how they act, and how they live their lives. I also do a lot of reading and spend a lot of time in the library --- one of my all-time favorite places.

Where do you get your ideas?
I think about things that interest me or puzzle me --- questions that I think need answers.

What's your greatest childhood memory?
Visiting my grandparents' farm and going for horseback rides, feeding the chickens, eating in my grandma's huge kitchen with the whole family.

What is your favorite animal?

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional basketball player.

What is the weirdest or most interesting job you've ever had?
I spent a summer when I was a teenager tagging black bears for the provincial government. We had to trap them, tranquilize them, measure them, weigh them, tag them, and then let them go---all without them (or us) getting hurt.

The Kids Book of Golf

2002 - Our Choice, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Winner