Joe Barber-Starkey was born in England in 1918, but spent nearly all his life on Vancouver Island working in municipal and environmental engineering. After retirement he spent 10 years as a volunteer guide for school programs at the Royal BC Museum. He has written two children's books for Harbour Publishing, Jason and the Sea Otter and Jason's New Dugout Canoe.
Paul Montpellier was born in Vancouver in 1949. He trained at the Calgary Art School and has worked as both an artist/illustrator and a set designer. Since 1977 he has been a tree surgeon for the National Parks Board. Paul wrote and illustrated Atlas and illustrated the bestselling Jason and the Sea Otter and Jason's New Dugout Canoe, both written by Joe Barber Starkey.