A children's advocate and smoking cessation coach, Pamela McColl has released a smoke-free version of the classic Twas The Night Before Christmas.

Pamela along with Laurie Skinner blogs at www.BooksThatFits.com whose aim is to bring awarenss to books that can make a positive difference in the education of children. All proceeds from sales from this web-site are donated to a charity. In 2012-2013 all funds are being donated to the Slave Lake Library Association for the rebuilding of the library that was destroyed by fire.

When she was 18 she fled her house, which was engulfed in flames as a result of her father falling asleep in bed with a lit cigarette. Though she had taken up smoking as a teen-ager, she quit over three decades ago.

She is the publisher of seven books, including Pacific Spirit: The Forest Reborn, which United States Senator Frank Murkowski, the chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, labeled as "one of the most important works on forest management"; in recent years.

Her diverse career includes previous experience in publishing, as a health care worker with Canadian Mental Health and as labor support doula. Her early career was spent the field of costume design for film and theatre and she attended the National Theatre School in Montreal Quebec and worked at the Stratford Festival in Ontario and the CBC. The Vancouver resident earned a BA in History/Sociology attended Queen's University, The University of Manitoba, and did postgraduate work in Theatre History at the University of Victoria, she returned to study as a mature student in the faculty of Women's Studies at the University of British Columbia and holds certification in Peer Counseling. Most recently she has trained with the Legacy Maternity in Brief Tobacco Intervention.

McColl, age 54, has 24-year-old twin daughters (neither of whom smokes).

Pamela is a member of The Ewomen's Network and Grafton and Scratch Publishing is a member of the Independent Book Publishers Association of America and The Canadian Children's Book Centre.


Twas The Night Before Christmas (2012)

British Columbia Salmon - A Celebration of Paintings and Cookery (Terra Bella, 2000)

[BCBW 2012]