About the Author

Danielle Dawn Falk, author of What It Means to Be Me, children's book

DANIELLE DAWN FALK

I was born and raised on Vancouver Island, in British Columbia, Canada, where I still reside with my husband, our seven-year-old son and four-year old daughter. I have always loved nature and exploring the natural beauty around me. However, more than anything, I have a great love for books. As soon as I learned to read, my personal library grew and has never stopped! I especially enjoy children’s books, and some of my very favourite authors growing up (and who are still among my favourites today!) include Judy Blume, Roald Dahl, Robert Munsch, Ann M. Martin, Phoebe Gilman, and Stan and Jan Berenstain (The Berenstain Bears series), to name a few.

As I was growing up, I often struggled with feelings of being unaccepted, as well as not fitting in with my peers. I had a lot of lonely times in my youth, and did not have the confidence to truly be myself. Writing became an outlet for me, and I found it one of my greatest passions to put the creative ideas floating around in my head on paper. I have written numerous short stories, poems, and songs over the years, and writing still helps me today when I need to really get my emotions out in the best way.

When I became a mom, one of my biggest goals was to teach my son and daughter confidence. From a very young age, I wanted them to know how unique and special they are, while at the same time, how to show acceptance and compassion toward everyone else. I also wanted to prove to them and show them firsthand that you can overcome bullying and feelings of self-doubt.

I truly hope that through my writing, I will inspire my own children, as well as many others. All children should have the confidence to believe that their own unique journey is full of meaning and that they have the freedom to be exactly who they are meant to be!