Susanna Moodie was born in Suffolk, England, in 1803. In 1831, she married John Moodie, a retired officer who had served in the Napoleonic Wars. In 1832, the Moodies and their infant daughter emigrated to Canada. Susanna's older sister Catharine Parr Traill and her husband, Thomas Traill, arrived in Canada the same year. Moodie had been published widely before she left Britain, and she continued writing poetry and magazine articles after her arrival in the colony. Her letters and journals contain valuable information about colonial life in these early years of Canada. She is the author of a number of books, including Life in the Clearings; Mark Hurdlestone, the Gold Worshipper; and Matrimonial Speculations, but is best known for Roughing It in the Bush; or, Life in Canada. Moodie died in 1885 in Toronto, Ontario, at the home of her daughter.
Charlotte Gray is an award-winning journalist based in Ottawa. She is a contributing editor to Saturday Night magazine and a regular contributor to Chatelaine, Financial Post magazine and Report on Business magazine among others. Her book Mrs. King: The Life and Times of Isabel Mackenzie King was nominated for a 1998 Governor General’s Award and won the Edna Staebler award for creative non-fiction. Sisters in the Wilderness won the Floyd S. Chalmers Award in Ontario History and the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award in the non-fiction category.