Elma Schemenauer

Photo credit: Robert S. Schemenauer

At age eight Elma (Martens) Schemenauer wrote a poem about spring, stuck it in a bottle, and threw it into a pond on her parents’ Saskatchewan farm. That was her first foray into writing and publishing.

She grew up in Saskatchewan, taught in Nova Scotia, and then fulfilled a lifetime dream by moving into a publishing career in Toronto. She’s the author of 77 books. They include the 1940s Mennonite novel Consider the Sunflowers and the factual book YesterCanada: Historical Tales of Mystery and Adventure.

Elma enjoys speaking about writing, history, and other topics. Groups she has spoken to include Canadian Authors Association, The Word Guild, Federation of BC Writers, Abbotsford Community Library, Mountainview Alliance Church in Langley, and First Baptist Church in Kamloops. Since 2006, Elma and her husband have lived on a sagebrush-dotted mountainside in Kamloops. For more information, please visit  http://elmams.wixsite.com/elma