Born in Vancouver in 1940, Joan Haggerty spent her formative years "on the coast in cedars and salt water", graduating from University of British Columbia with a B.A. in English and Theatre in 1962. For the next ten years she lived in England, France, Spain and New York City. During this period she wrote and published a non-fiction book about teaching, Please, Miss, Can I Play God? (London: Methuen, 1966; New York: Bobbs-Merril, 1968), and an experimental feminist novel about childbirth, Daughters of the Moon (Bobbs-Merril, 1971). She returned to B.C. and has taught in Roberts Creek, Vancouver and Houston, B.C. In 1994 she published The Invitation (Douglas & McIntyre), a memoir about re-uniting with the child she gave up for adoption.