About Me


illustrated bio for website


Marla lives near Fredericton, NB Canada with her two favorite scallywags and

Pirate author photo

Marla & her scallywags. (Photo by Grandpa’s Photo Studio, PEI)

several fish. She loves to tell stories – both real and imagined – through urban sketching, painting, illustration, and writing. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and a friend to CANSCAIP. She has been published by Chicken Soup for the Soul and Skipping Stones Magazine. Her picture book debut, Pirate: Year Round, is forthcoming with Acorn Press. Her art can be found in private collections in Canada, USA, and Australia as well as at several NB schools.

Marla enjoys connecting with students and has participated in several Artist Residencies in NB schools where she helped students create their own works of art.


  • Forthcoming: Pirate, Year Round: Acorn Press (2019). Marla’s picture book debut will be a four story volume about a sweet little peg-legged pirate.
  • A Song for Dedi  in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada. (2014)
  • Cover Art & accompanying short article for Skipping Stones literary magazine 2015 Spring Issue


Please feel free to contact me via email: MarlaLesage at yahoo dot com or via the form below.