Rachael Preston is the author of three novels, Tent of Blue, The Wind Seller and The Fishers of Paradise, which won the 2013 Kerry Schooley Award, given to the book that best captures the spirit of the city of Hamilton. She has taught creative writing in Ontario colleges and universities. For two years she chaired gritLIT: Hamilton's Writers' Festival. In 2001 she was nominated for the Journey Prize and in 2006 she won the City of Hamilton Arts Award for her contribution to the arts. In 2016 The Fishers of Paradise was chosen as Bookmark #16 for Project Bookmark Canada, a unique literary trail that places site-specific bookmarks--ceramic plaques with text--to mark imagined scenes in real places. Rachael now lives in Nanaimo, BC.