Monday, August 13, 2007

Jean Rae Baxter

Jean Rae Baxter was born in Toronto but grew up in Hamilton. She lived for many years in the Kingston area and following her career in education, she returned Hamilton in 1996 and began to write in earnest. Always interested in Canadian history, she began to write about it, starting with her short story, "Farewell the Mohawk Valley", which Ronsdale Press included in its anthology, Beginnings: Stories of Canada’s Past. Almost simultaneously, Jean discovered that she had a knack for writing noir fiction as well. Once she got started, it seemed that one dark tale followed another. Several were published in Canadian literary journals and anthologies and won awards. Her first collection, A Twist of Malice, came out in 2005. Most recently, Jean has been working on a literary murder mystery, Looking for Cardenio, which Seraphim Editions will launch next spring. However, Jean has never lost her interest in Canadian history. After several years of research and writing, her young adult novel, The Way Lies North, was published by Ronsdale Press.

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