Our Authors

Jane Austen

Lady Susan

JANE AUSTEN (1775–1817), a noted English novelist, was the seventh of eight children born to a minister and his wife in a small village in Hampshire, England. She was very close to her sister, Cassandra, the only other daughter in the family. Her first published novel was Sense and Sensibility, followed by Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma. Northanger Abbey and Persuasion were published after her death, as was Lady Susan. Her novels vividly and wittily portrayed life among the middle and upper classes in 19th century England. All her novels were published anonymously. That she was a writer was known initially only by a few in her immediate family; soon, however, her brother Henry spread the word of her writing, and even though Austen had wished to remain anonymous, she did enjoy the public acknowledgement. Jane Austen’s work has had universal and enduring appeal, and her books, particularly Pride and Prejudice, are still very popular.

Anne Brontë

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

ANNE BRONTË (1820–1849), pseudonym Acton Bell, was an English poet and novelist, the youngest daughter of the Reverend Patrick and Maria Brontë and younger sister of Charlotte and Emily. Because of family finances, Anne worked as a governess for several years and was a keen observer of the life of those with wealth and privilege, noting what she saw as the lack of morality they espoused.

Brontë wrote two novels: Agnes Grey (1847) and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848). Brontë’s mission in her writing, as she said in the preface to the second edition of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, was “to tell the truth, for truth always conveys its own moral to those who are able to receive it … I would rather whisper a few wholesome truths therein than much soft nonsense.”

Anne never married and died at the age of 29 from tuberculosis.

Holly Carr

Light in the forest

HOLLY CARR is a visual artist, creator, designer, and director who has gained national acclaim for her unique style of silk painting. She has participated in many group and solo shows and continues to exhibit nationally. In recent years, Holly has branched out into performance art, where she paints large works live on stage. Holly’s work can be found in numerous private and public collections.​

Elizabeth Gaskell

The Grey Woman

ELIZABETH GASKELL (1810–1865) is a highly regarded Victorian novelist. Her father was a minister; her mother died when she was an infant, and she was raised by an aunt, to whom she was very close. At the age of 22, she married William Gaskell, a minister, and lived in Manchester. She had a very busy life as a wife and mother; as well, she was active in charity and social justice work. Much of Gaskell’s writing espoused social causes, such as Mary Barton, a story of a working-class family in late 1830s Manchester. Her most popular novel is Cranford, a story of the day-to-day life of inhabitants of a small village. Charlotte Brontë was a close friend of Gaskell, and Gaskell’s 1857 biography The Life of Charlotte Brontë was much admired. Gaskell’s final book, Wives and Daughters, unfinished upon her sudden death, is considered by some to be her finest work. Her writing fell out of favour in the early twentieth century but is enjoying renewed respect among academics and lovers of good books.

Diana Hayes

Labyrinth of green

DIANA HAYES was born in 1955 in Toronto and has lived on both coasts of Canada. She studied at the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria, receiving a BA and an MFA in Creative Writing. She has six published books, her most recent being This is the Moon’s Work: New and Selected Poems. Her narrative photography has been featured in galleries in coastal BC and commissioned for book covers. Her practice of year-round ocean swimming inspired the formation of the Salt Spring Seals in 2002. She lives on Salt Spring Island, home since 1981, with her husband Peter, ginger cat, and myriad water birds and raptors on five forested acres near Little Stevens Lake. Click here to view her website.

Georgia Heard

The woman in this poem
A FIELD GUIDE to the heart

GEORGIA HEARD is the author of 18 books, including The Woman in this Poem: Women’s Voices in Poetry, and her poems have been published in numerous anthologies, magazines, and journals. She received an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and travels the world giving workshops and keynotes on writing and poetry. Georgia has been a poet since childhood, and believes in the power of poetry to help restore our sense of well-being and find balance in our lives. She lives in South Florida with her husband and family. To learn more about Georgia, check out her website.

Rebecca Kai Dotlich

A FIELD GUIDE to the heart

REBECCA KAI DOTLICH is a word collector, poet, and picture book author, who grew up exploring abandoned farmhouses, trails by the creek, and the inside of the neighborhood bookmobile. She attended Indiana University, where she dove headfirst into any class that involved words and creativity. Her poetry has appeared in anthologies, periodicals, and magazines, and she has authored dozens of children’s books, including the inspirational The Knowing Book, which encourages young readers to embrace adventure and curiosity. Rebecca teaches poetry workshops to writers, teachers, and students across the country. She lives in the Midwest with her husband.

Sae Kimura

Twelve in a Race 

SAE KIMURA is an artist originally from Odawara, Japan, now working and exhibiting her art in Toronto and elsewhere. Her artwork can be found in many galleries and private collections.

Catherine Little

Twelve in a Race 

CATHERINE LITTLE is an educator, consultant, and writer with a love of children’s books. She wrote Twelve in a Race as a way to introduce her son to another zodiac story in his Chinese heritage.

Betsy McGregor

Women on the Ballot

BETSY McGREGOR is a passionate champion of women in politics. Betsy ran for nomination three times and Parliament twice, learning lessons on timing, strategy, and skills, which she shares in running campaign schools, nomination races, and leadership workshops. She spent 16 years crafting public policy on science, ethics, and gender, including fellowships at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Kennedy School. A member of three women’s leadership boards, Betsy wrote Women on the Ballot to equip, empower, and inspire women by telling her story and the stories of over 90 women trailblazers. The Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Canada’s only woman prime minister, has called Betsy “a truly strong role model and an inspiring mentor for future young women leaders.” In 2021, Betsy was appointed to the Order of Canada “for her promotion of women in science and for her commitment to nurturing Canada’s next generation of leaders.”

Betsy lives on Clear Lake in the Kawarthas.

Lindsay Taylor

the food doula cookbook

LINDSAY TAYLOR loves food, and promotes real-food nutrition for health and wellness. She believes strongly that eating healthy can be fun, easy, enjoyable, and rewarding for everyone. As a mom, certified culinary nutrition expert, and doula with a background in public health and academic research, Lindsay understands the impact of pregnancy and motherhood on women’s lives. She knows the importance of eating wholesome, nourishing food to optimize the well-being of both moms and their babies — hence this book. Lindsay delights in sharing what she knows about how to cope with the ups and downs of pregnancy and new-mom life, and the benefits of real-food choices. She creates easy-to-follow recipes for cooking up nutritious meals, and includes practical tips and tricks to enhance the prepping and cooking experience. For Lindsay, writing The Food Doula Cookbook has been a commitment — and a labour of love.