Kathy Stinson grew up in Toronto, sorted mail, taught school and waited tables before figuring out, while at home with her two children, that what she really wanted to do was write. In the years since, she has published more than 30 titles – picture books, young adult novels, historical fiction, short stories, biography, and other non-fiction. Her first book, Red is Best, won the Toronto Chapter IODE Award in 1982. Many of her other books have appeared on various “tree” award lists. 101 Ways to Dance (Second Story) was a CLA YA Book of the Year nominee, as was Becoming Ruby (Penguin). Mother, stepmother, and grandmother, CNIB and CODE volunteer and member of CANSCAIP and TWUC, Kathy currently lives in Rockwood, Ontario with her partner, Peter Carver and their doodle, Keisha.