Christy Ann Conlin is a writer, editor, broadcaster, rose enthusiast and motivational speaker who lives in a charming house surrounded by tangly gardens on a dead end street in Nova Scotia’s historic Annapolis Valley. Her first novel, Heave (Doubleday), was published in 2002. Her second novel, (featuring Fancy Mosher of Heave) Listening for the Island, will also be published by Doubleday. Her young adult novel, Dead Time, was published by Annick Press in 2011. Her essays and short stories have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies. Christy Ann hosted the popular 2012 summer radio series CBC fear Itself. She works as an adult educator and public speaking coach, as well as an online writing instructor and mentor at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. Christy Ann also does private manuscript evaluations and mentoring.