The author, Cecilia Kennedy, shares her character's Dutch Canadian heritage and roots in the landscape of rural Ontario. She currently lives in Brampton, Ontario. Her fiction has been published in , The Grist Mill, Bone Dance (General Store Publishing House), and Storyteller Magazine, where they twice won The Great Canadian Story Contest. One story included in the book was a finalist for an Arthur Ellis Award 2003. Winner of the New Muse Award 2003, this is Kennedy's first book.