Monique Gray Smith is a proud Mom of fifteen year old twins. She is an award-winning, best-selling author and sought after consultant. Monique’s first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. Since then, Monique has had 5 books come out, including Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation. Speaking our Truth has won numerous awards, is a a Canadian Best Seller and a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. It continues to be used across the country as a tool to educate the hearts and minds of both young and not so young readers. February 2018 saw the release of The Journey Forward, a flip book with 2 novellas, one by Monique, Lucy and Lola and one by Richard Van Camp called When we Play our Drums They Sing. The Journey Forward was an Honour Book for the 2018 Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature and a Finalist for the 2018 Sheila Egoff Childen’s Literature. Monique’s latest release, Tilly and the Crazy Eights is an adult novel about an epic road trip that reminds the reader of the power of the human spirit and that love is medicine. Monique is Cree, Lakota and Scottish and has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 28 years. She is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.