Jean Rae Baxter was born in Toronto, grew up in Hamilton, and spent much of her adult life in the Kingston area. She started writing full-time a dozen years ago, following a career in education. She writes for both adults and young adults. She has written three young adult novels, the second of which, Broken Trail (Ronsdale Press, 2011) recently received the 2011 Moonbeam Gold Medal, a U.S. award, for Young Adult Historical Fiction. Jean’s debut collection of short stories, A Twist of Malice, was published by Seraphim Editions in 2005; her second collection Scattered Light followed this fall. The Hamilton Spectator described this book as “an award-winning collection waiting to be crowned and one you-shouldn't miss.” Jean lives in Hamilton, where she is Co-chair of Hamilton Arts Council’s Literary Advisory Committee and serves as one of the organizers of the LiT LiVe Reading Series.