Canadian novelist and biologist Ann Eriksson combines a background in ecology with her life experiences to create works of fiction grounded in nature and populated with compelling characters. Her latest novel, The Performance, released October 2016, treads into the new territory of an urban ecology with a gripping and poignant drama about trust that intersects the worlds of classical music and the homeless.
Her first novel, Decomposing Maggie, portrays the marine environment and island living with a finely tuned sensitivity. Her second novel, In the Hands of Anubis, is a wonderfully playful exploration of human relationships and the unexpected guides we meet in life. Her third novel, Falling From Grace, poignantly describes the enormous power of small things to shape the world. High Clear Bell of Morning, features the ecology of Orcinus orca, the killer whale, and the effects of pollution on marine and human lives. In October 2018, Ann published her first non-fiction ecological literacy book for young readers. Dive In! Exploring Our Connection with the Ocean explores our intimate relationship with the ocean and gives readers an achievable set of actions that can help improve ocean health. Her second ecological literacy title is Bird's-Eye View: Keeping Wild birds in Flight, part of the Orca Wild series.
Ann is represented by literary agent John Pearce of Westwood Creative Artists, Canada's largest literary agency. Ann is available for readings, and to meet with book clubs in person or by phone. All media and booking inquiries for Ann's fiction should be directed to Douglas & McIntyre for The Performance. and High Clear Bell of Morning and to Brindle & Glass for In the Hands of Anubis and Falling From Grace. Contact Orca Book Publishers for requests related to Ann's non-fiction nature books for kids. Details about readings and events are listed on the News & Events page.
Ann was born in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan in 1956 and grew up in rural communities across the prairies. As a child, she spent her spare time reading novels and exploring the prairie, forest and aquatic landscapes that now appear in her books. Ann migrated to the west coast of Canada in 1978 and lived for ten years on Galiano Island. She resided in Victoria between 1990 and 2010, completing a degree in Biology with a minor in Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria. Her ongoing work as a consulting biologist, focused primarily on marine and forest ecology with an emphasis on biodiversity, has profoundly informed her writing. She also loves to travel and is an avid hiker and kayaker.
Ann is a member of The Writer's Union of Canada as well as a founding member of an independent writer's group in Victoria. She is also a founding director of the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy. As an ecology consultant, Ann writes for and speaks to groups about the integration of science and the arts, and is available for presentations.
Ann is mother to two adult children, Noah and Camas, who provide her with joy, support and plenty of raw material for her novels. In 2007 she married poet Gary Geddes and they live and write on Thetis Island, BC.