Yasmin John-Thorpe was born in the Caribbean on the island of Trinidad. In early childhood, she learned the importance of reading and writing from her parents. In 1975, John-Thorpe married a Canadian and came to Canada. She has two daughters and one grandson. Today, she is a children’s author, fiction and nonfiction writer and mentor.
John-Thorpe has mentored young and older writers by visiting schools to assist young students to hone their creative writing abilities and by teaching writing classes at Okanagan College, Penticton Campus for mature writers. In 1994, with the help of four writers, she co-founded the Penticton Writers and Publishers, to help other writers.
After hosting several creative writing contests for young Okanagan Valley writers in 2006–2008, John-Thorpe launched the British Columbia Youth Writers Camp for eight to eighteen-year-old writers. Camp was held annually at the Penticton Campus of Okanagan College until 2016.
Beginning in 2007, John-Thorpe organized a unique program for the South Okanagan through Raise a Reader, sponsored by the Penticton Herald newspapers. She invited authors and their books into school to discuss with students the importance of reading and writing. The RAR program gifted a copy of the author’s book to each student.
For her involvement with literacy and children, John-Thorpe has been the recipient of several awards.
John-Thorpe's most recent book is "What Am I?" and "A Tale of Horned Owls."