Vanessa Winn’s debut novel, The Chief Factor’s Daughter, was longlisted for the ReLit Awards and runner up for Monday Magazine‘s “Favourite Fiction” award in 2010. As a manuscript, it won a Heritage Group prize for new voices in Western Canadian history and culture. The book has been a course text for British Columbia History at SFU, as well as an English course at Vancouver Community College. Vanessa’s non-fiction has appeared in Monday Magazine and her poetry has been published in The Quilliad, Quill’s Canadian Poetry Magazine and Island Writer Magazine. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English from the University of Victoria. Beyond her love of the written word, she finds inspiration in music and dance and teaches Argentine tango. Born in England, Vanessa has lived in Victoria, BC, for much of her life. She is currently working on another historical novel, revolving around a young couple in Victoria caught up in the collapse of the Cariboo gold rush.