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Faith Richardson (Fay S Lapka)

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Faith
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Richardson (Fay S Lapka)
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British Columbia
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Faith Richardson can’t remember a time when she was not fascinated by stories. A confirmed ‘bookaholic,’ early favorites were the Enid Blyten ‘Adventure’ series, the Nesbit stories, and later the novels of Rosemary Sutcliff, Ursula Le Guin, Madeleine L’Engle and L.M. Montgomery. Today, her bedside reading has returned again and again to the rich stories woven by CS Lewis, Charles Williams, Tolkien, and George Macdonald.
As a young author, she was privileged to be mentored by the poet Luci Shaw, Madeleine L'Engle (author of Newbery Award winner, A Wrinkle in Time) and to assist Madeleine L’Engle in writer's workshops in Vancouver, Canada, and Oxford, England.

Along with books, animals have always filled her life: horses and ponies, a donkey, goats, dogs, cats, birds, fish, and guinea pigs. Horses, goats and chickens today make their home where she and her husband live at Fox Song Farm and become happily entwined in Faith’s stories.
Faith's doctorate is in nursing practice (DNP) and she has practiced and taught nursing for much of her working life. Faith’s approach to nursing, teaching, and writing grow out of a tradition of healing arts that recognizes the nature connection and the power of story.
Faith has published most recently in the medical field (Elsevier) and previously had YA novels published by Harold Shaw Publishers and Hodder & Stoughton (under her maiden name Fay S Lapka). She also self-published YA novels under her own imprint Fox Song Books.
Available For
Library and school visits (Readings, writer-in-residence sessions)
Rekindling Creativity workshops
Colored Ponies Communication workshops
Publications
Dark is a Color (Harold Shaw Publishers, Hodder & Stoughton) 1990
Hoverlight (Harold Shaw Publishers, Hodder & Stoughton) 1991
The Sea, the Song, and the Trumpetfish (Harold Shaw Publishers) 1991
Tree Root and River Rat (Fox Song Books) 2003
The Peacock’s Stone (2005 Eric Hoffer YA Award) (Fox Song Books) 2004
Toby's Timberline (Fox Song Books) 2011
A Deeper Magic (Fox Song Books) 2013
Awards
The Peacock’s Stone (2005 Eric Hoffer YA Award)

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