Born in St. Catharines, Ontario, Frances Greenslade has since lived in Winnipeg, Regina, Vancouver, Chilliwack and Penticton. She has a BA in English from the University of Winnipeg and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of British Columbia. By the Secret Ladder and A Pilgrim in Ireland (Penguin) are her first two books, both memoir. Her novel, Shelter, was published in Canada by Random House in 2011, in the US by Free Press and the UK by Virago in 2012. It has been translated into Dutch, German and Italian. Red Fox Road, a middle grade novel, published by Penguin Young Readers, won the Crime Writers of Canada best novel in juvenile/young adult cagtegory in 2020. Green Mountain Academy, a sequel to Red Fox Road, was published in 2022. She has taught English and Creative writing at Okanagan College since 2005.