A self-described “lingua-phile,” Kathy McHarge earned degrees in literature and journalism before becoming a high school English teacher. For 25 years, she has been trying to motivate adolescents to read and write, mostly for academic purposes. It is only recently that she turned her hand to composing her own short stories and essays after becoming a student again and taking a course in creative writing with Brian Henry. When she is not marking for school, reading for pleasure and being a mother to her three amazing children who are almost-grown, she is walking her wily adopted dog. They all live in Hamilton, Ontario.