Heather Chisvin was born in Winnipeg to Jewish parents, whose own parents emigrated from Russia to escape the pogroms there. She studied at the University of Manitoba and worked as a print journalist in Winnipeg and then with CBC as producer. She moved to Toronto to become a researcher with W5, then moved back to CBC and produced radio documentaries. Later she went into advertising as an Associate Creative director and taught advertising copywriting at OCAD before going freelance. Ten years ago she moved to Port Hope with her partner, novelist Kurt Palka. Heather has just published her first novel.