MaryLou Driedger is a freelance writer, mother, grandmother, former elementary and high school teacher, marriage partner, world traveler, cycler, walker and book lover. She started her blog What Next when she retired and moved back to Winnipeg after living and teaching in Hong Kong for six years. Since then she has been employed at the Winnipeg Art Gallery as a guide and at the University of Winnipeg as a mentor for education students.
MaryLou began a journey to become a children’s writer in 2012 and in 2021 her first novel Lost on the Prairie was published by Heritage House. MaryLou is the librarian at her church, serves on the Friends of the Winnipeg Public Library Board, volunteers at a Thrift Store and is a regular speaker at workshops, conferences and in churches. A columnist for The Carillon regional newspaper since 1985, she also served as a Winnipeg Free Press columnist for three years. Hundreds of her freelance pieces have been published in magazines, newspapers, anthologies, books, journals, travel guides, institutional histories, and curriculums.
MaryLou can be contacted at email@example.com