Merilyn Simonds

Merilyn Simonds was born in 1949 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and grew up in southwestern Ontario and Brazil. After many years as a magazine journalist, she published "The Convict Lover," which instantly put her on the literary map as a writer exploring the zone where fact and fiction meet. In 1999 she published "The Lion in the Room Next Door," a collection of nonfiction stories, to international acclaim. She lives near Kingston, Ontario, with writer Wayne Grady.