Frances Backhouse is a former biologist whose wide-ranging curiosity about the world and love of literature enticed her into a writing career. With a passion for stories about nature, history, and the rich textures of the overlap zone, she has written seven books for adults and two for kids. She won the 2010 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize and has been shortlisted for the City of Victoria Children’s Book Prize, the VanCity Book Prize, the Lane Anderson Award, and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Nonfiction. Frances holds an MFA in creative nonfiction from the University of Victoria and has been a Writer in Residence at the Berton House Writers’ Retreat. She lives in Victoria, BC, with her partner, writer Mark Zuehlke.