About the Author

CHILDREN'S AUTHOR

Gina Thornton

Gina Thornton is a children’s book author.  Her debut book, A Lemon Tree for Wilshire, is inspired by her family’s personal journey with infertility and their unexpected path to parenthood via an egg-donor. Gina is an avid reader and shares this passion with her children. She believes strongly that reading to children is transformative in creating new perspectives and providing new opportunities for children to grow. With each new book she shares with her children she asks, “and where should we take our imagination today?”

Gina is originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She loves to travel and has had the extraordinary opportunity to spend extended periods of time in over 30 countries. Today, she and her husband Cory share their home in Calgary, Alberta with their two children, William and Scarlett, and their beloved mini-golden doodle, Nootsie.

Frequently Asked Questions

VANILLA OR CHOCOLATE CAKE?

Vanilla, hands down!

FAVORITE ICE CREAM?

Mint Chocolate Chip (green ONLY). I’m also a big fan of Ben & Jerry’s THE TONIGHT DOUGH, thanks to my husband…..

FAVORITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS, OLD & NEW?

My mom keeps EVERYTHING, especially all of the things my sister and I collected during our childhood – she still has our bicycles sitting in the garage! One of her greatest keepsakes, though, are the children’s books that my sister and I read tirelessly – she’s now passed these on to me, so that I can enjoy these special books with my children.  It’s really amazing to relive these stories through the eyes of William and Scarlett. Here are a few our favorites, old and new:

  • Good Night Moon (Margaret Wise Brown)
  • The Rescuers (Walt Disney Productions)
  • The Lorax (Dr. Seuss)
  • Knuffle Bunny Free (Mo Willems)
  • Rulers of the Playground (Joseph Kuefler)
  • Have You Filled a Bucket Today (Carol McCloud)
OF ALL THE PLACES YOU’VE VISITED, DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE?

I consider myself very fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel so extensively (before children, of course – HA).  Early in my career, I would spend weeks in different countries conducting technology training – it was amazing, because I could truly immerse myself in different cultures – I met the most amazing people, many of which I still consider close friends. I have fond memories of the Christmas markets in Europe, the Old and New Towns of Prague, the antique markets in Buenos Aires (as well as the Argentinian Beef) and of course, beautiful Barcelona. If I had to choose a favorite though, I would say Mexico – I met my husband in my Mexico and this story wouldn’t be possible without him.

WHAT INSPIRED YOUR BOOK, A LEMON TREE FOR WILSHIRE?

I’ve talked quite a bit about the fact that this book was inspired by my family’s journey through infertility, specifically egg-donation. My husband and I have always tried to by very open with our children about their birth story; but, being that my children are still quite young, I was looking for other ways to introduce the topic in a manner that was slightly more relatable to children. My hope is that this book will be another mechanism to continue and further the dialogue with my children (and hopefully others) about their very special story. Why lemons? Well, I actually garnered the courage to start writing this book while I was visiting the Amalfi Coast. We stayed in a beautiful hotel, surrounded by botanical gardens with the most magnificent lemon trees. Guests were sternly warned against picking the lemons. My husband and I just happened to share a taxi into town with the owner of the hotel. She was the sweetest, most unassuming woman – she went on to tell us that she did a majority of the gardening at the hotel – I praised the lemon trees and she said, “Pick any lemon you want and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.” This simple act of kindness inspired me, and I thought it was a very fitting way to tell my story.

FAVORITE QUOTE

“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I’ll try again tomorrow.” – Mary Anne Radmacher