Over 20 years ago, Jim and Cynthia Peterson collected a brochure for Ookpik Wilderness Lodge during a sportsman show, little did they know that advertisement would make a literary discovery.
“A while back I was going through our retirement folder and came across the brochure for Ookpik Lodge and told Jim we should visit,” said Cynthia Peterson.
Peterson and her husband took the journey to Ookpik Wilderness Lodge located in the northern interior of British Columbia. Located on Babine Lake, it is accessible only by boat in the summer months and by snowshoes during the winter.
It was there they discovered children book author, Caroll Simpson, and invited her to Colusa County.
On Tuesday, January 5, the Friends of the Colusa County Library hosted an Author’s Evening for Simpson, which was casually attended.
There Simpson gave an insight into her creative process and the story behind her books.
“Children often ask me where I get my inspiration, and tell them I get it all around me, I live surrounded by nature and my inspiration,” said Simpson. “Most of my stories are created from an emotional event that made me want to illustrate the story.”
Simpson taught Native art and drama to grade-school children for many years before buying the remote fishing lodge.
While at the lodge, Simpson spends the off-season writing and painting; and even makes trips to Mexico to complete some of her work.
From concept to the publisher, Carol commented that it takes about five or so months for her to complete her books.
Simpson authored and illustrated four books: ‘Brothers of the Wolf,’ ‘The Salmon Twins,’ ‘The First Mosquito,’ ‘The First Beaver,’ She is currently working on her fifth book.
She sees her work as a celebration of the legends and art of the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest. Her love for the art and history of the First Peoples of North America started when she was a young girl. S
Simpson began studying Indian history and made her first moccasins at age 10, graduating to making leather clothing by the time she was 13. She still does leatherwork, and she has also made cradleboards for more than 30 years. Her love and respect for First Nations traditions are matched by her love for animals and nature.