YA Author

Brian Shaw (near Chilliwack, BC)



Available now from Clarion Books!

“I want to see mountains again, mountains, Gandalf! And then find somewhere quiet where I can finish my book.”

- Bilbo Baggins

Lianne lives in Vancouver, BC. A mere three years of working in the film industry has left her far more jaded, bitter, and misanthropic than she could have dreamed possible. Having worked on one too many made-for-TV movies featuring the mild romantic antics of generically attractive white people, she’s taken it upon herself to push back with some pretty substandard stories of her own.

Besides books, her three great passions in life are cats, craft beer, and camping. When she’s not working, Lianne likes to take off, eh in her ‘83 camper van. She maintains a steady hate/ love relationship with hiking, but is always up for exploring British Columbia- whatever it takes to find a nice spot to set up her hammock. Her hammock is her favourite place in the world.


How do you say your last name?

Ol(d) key. Rhymes with okie dokie (but if you say that to my face I’ll cut you).

What’s your educational background?

I have a BA in Philosophy. I know, mom, I can’t get a job with that. That’s why I went to film school.

Why write YA?

I like stories that challenge the way I see the world. YA is so important for anyone still learning who they are. I can't be the only one who doesn't have it all figured out yet. Right?

Do you have a writing process?

I'm highly undisciplined. I know it's a problem. I'm working on it.

If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

A lakeside cabin filled with rescue animals desperate for my love.

You know that Bilbo quote is from the movie, not the books, right?

Yes and I will defend those movies to the death!

Has anyone ever asked one of these so called ‘frequently asked questions’?


Wow Lianne you’re just the coolest.

I know.