Katie Welch was born in upstate New York in 1968. She moved with her family to Ottawa as an infant, eventually becoming a Canadian citizen. Welch has a degree in English literature from the University of Toronto, and she spent the summer months of her studies working as a tree planter. After graduation, Welch moved to British Columbia to continue planting trees and worked throughout the remote corners of Canada’s Western provinces, often times encountering bears in her travels. A musician and music teacher, she directs summer musical theatre camps for young people. Welch has two daughters who share her love for the natural world. She currently lives in Kamloops, British Columbia with her partner, Will Stinson.