Katie Welch’s formative years played out in Ottawa. She earned an undergraduate degree in English literature from the University of Toronto. Vagabond years of travel and tree planting in remote Canadian wilderness ended with a permanent move to British Columbia. A musician and music teacher, she has directed musical theatre camps for young people, and staged productions of her original plays. Welch’s two daughters share her love of the natural world. She lives in Kamloops, British Columbia with her partner, Will Stinson.