Connie Brummel Crook
Since her first book Flight, appeared in 1991, Connie Brummel Crook has had nine novels and three picture books published. She writes historical fiction in the hopes of bringing to life North American heritage for students in the classroom. “As a teacher, some days, my students would ask me to tell them stories instead of teaching the regular class work—just for a break—and so I did occasionally,” she says. Connie taught English in Ontario’s public secondary schools for 30 years. Having appreciative students has a positive effect on the teacher as well. “A teacher needs to relate to her students and believe in their ability to achieve.”
Connie reflects on the process of writing historical fiction “Starting the actual writing for a new project is the hardest part. Sometimes, the research is so interesting that I spend too long on it before I start writing the story…but once I have immersed myself in the time period, I like writing the first draft best because I pretend I am the main character and love living through those exciting experiences.” On July 15, 2000, Connie was one of the honourable inductees into Peterborough’s Pathway of Fame. “I was completely overwhelmed and delighted to be recognized in this way,” she says. “I’ve always loved reading and now also enjoy writing books.”
A little-known fact about Connie Brummel Crook: Her first two books were written by hand because she did not know how to type. These books were transcribed from her handwriting by her daughters. Connie has since learned how to type.