Paula’s Bio

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.

Paula at Walnut Canyon

When not writ­ing, Paula enjoys explor­ing nat­ur­al land­scapes and see­ing the ways ancient civil­iz­a­tions used them. Here she’s walk­ing the Island Trail with its pre­his­tor­ic cliff dwell­ings at Walnut Canyon National Monument in Arizona.
Photo by Doug Tracey.

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.

Paula Wild's booksClick on the nav­ig­a­tion links below to read about the books Paula has writ­ten and what she’s work­ing on now.