M.E. Pilkey (Peggy) was born in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, moving to Japan with her parents and siblings when she was eight years old. During her four years in Tokushima City on Shikoku Island–where she was homeschooled–she and her sister became fluent in Japanese while playing with children in their neighbourhood. Peggy attended high school at Canadian Academy in Kobe, where she lived in residence and studied alongside students representing twenty-four nationalities. This experience of living abroad was instrumental in shaping her worldview, a major influence in her decision to join the Canadian University Services Overseas with her husband after her graduation from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. While living in Guyana, SA and Jamaica, WI, Peggy taught English Literature and Language. At the end of their two year contract, she and her husband returned to Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, and after the birth of their two sons, moved to Nova Scotia—the one place in Canada where Peggy is proud to claim deep ancestral roots. She currently lives and writes in Halifax, in the community of Dartmouth.