Paula Wild has been writing professionally since 1979. She is the author of Sointula Island Utopia, One River Two Cultures and The Comox Valley. All appeared on the Vancouver Sun’s Best of BC list soon after publication. And Sointula was awarded a BC Historical Federation Certificate of Merit for its “significant contribution to the history of BC.”
Her newest book, The Cougar: Beautiful, Wild and Dangerous is a September 2013 release by Douglas & McIntyre.
Although she kept journals at different times in her life, Paula didn’t get serious about writing until she was in her 20s. Then, determined to make her childhood dream of being an author a reality, she attended North Island College, took numerous correspondence courses and attended a week-long writing workshop at Strathcona Park Lodge.
Over time she met and was influenced and encouraged by writers Bill Valgardson, Jack Hodgins, Anne Cameron and Arthur Mayse, as well as writer and publisher Howard White.
Known for her conversational and engaging style, Paula has written for British Columbia Magazine, Canada’s History Magazine, the Vancouver Sun and other periodicals. Many of her 1,000+ articles have been cover stories. Her work has been nominated for National Magazine Awards and she received the John Alexander Media Award for “On a Mission for Life.”
As a freelance writer Paula has worked for educational, corporate and government agencies such as the Museum of Civilization, BC Ferries, the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy and the Comox Valley Airport Commission.
She was also editor of the Comox Valley Record newspaper supplements, About Town and Comox by the Sea and is the author of two commissioned books, The Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park and Memories: One Hundred Years of Living.
Paula was born in Spokane, Washington, grew up in Oregon and California and immigrated to Canada when she was 19. She lives in Courtenay, BC with her partner, photographer and writer, Rick James.