Ishbel has authored 13 published primarily-YA books through various Canadian, American and British publishers over the last 20 years. For many years, she wrote for, helped plan and proofread the Horse Country Magazine until it was recently sold. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies, with two winning awards. At one time or another, she has been involved in the craft of writing at local, provincial and national levels through service to the Canadian Authors Association, CANSCAIP, CCBC, and the Manitoba Writers’ Guild, plus establishing the Lovers Knot peer circle for Romance writers in Winnipeg, and facilitates the Selkirk Library Writers (multi-genre). Through book tours, school workshops and computer communications, Ishbel has worked with students and adults of almost every age, helping them to move towards their dreams of becoming writers. In 1995, she received the YM-YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her novels geared to teens. Ishbel has gained provincial and national recognition for her dedication to writing and writers. For the last four years, Ishbel has been one-third of the Black Ink Writers’ Retreat and Conference team (Selkirk, Manitoba) of organizers and presenters. Her sessions on grammar are always well-received, e.g. The Apostrophe Catastrophe. There’s more – like vocal coaching, choir conducting, and natural horsemanship training but that’s for another time.