Anita Horrocks, an award-winning Alberta writer and a 1976
graduate of Garden Valley Collegiate, is launching her new teen
novel in Winkler.
Called What They Don't Know, the book will be launched at
Paperwork book store in Southland Mall on Oct. 26. This will
be Horrock's second published book.
Both of the author's books have been targeted to young audiences
and both have been published by Stoddart Publishing Company.
Horrock's first novel, published in 1996, was titled Breath of
While in Winkler, Horrocks will pay a return visit to GVC
and meet with two groups of students, discussing both her life
as a creative writer and the opportunities available to students
with skills in commercial writing.
Horrocks says that she read a lot when she was a teenager,
and while in high school learned that even when you cannot write,
reading will help you to become a writer.
After graduating from GVC, Horrocks attended the Northern
Alberta Institute of Technology, a community college in Edmonton,
Alberta where she completed a diploma in biological sciences.
She also did much technical writing and later enrolled in a print
journalism program at a community college in Lethbridge.
Horrocks worked for several years as the Park Interpreter
at the urban nature centre in Lethbridge, writing brochures and
promotional material. She also wrote for business magazines and
for different organizations in the City of Lethbridge, and went
on to become a freelance writer and public relations administrator
at the University of Lethbridge. Horrocks continued to take courses
part-time and, over the years, has completed both a marketing
certificate and, more recently, a Bachelor of Arts degree in
When her first book Breath of a Ghost was accepted by Stoddart
Publishing Company, she left her job at the University of Lethbridge
and has since devoted herself full-time to novel writing.