About the Author

Hilary Scharper on Beach
 Hilary Scharper is a Canadian novelist. Her stories have been described as ecogothic: a new and emerging literary genre that builds on elements of the traditional gothic but highlights human-nature relationships. Her major works include a novel PERDITA (Simon&Schuster, Source Books, La Court Echelle French version), a collection of short stories DREAM DRESSES (Seraphim Editions), and an award winning ethnography on the US Sanctuary Movement: GOD AND CAESAR AT THE RIO GRANDE (University of Minnesota Press; Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award). 
Her next novel: LONELY ISLAND.
It is the year 1900 and Marged Brice remains in limbo regarding her marriage to the painter, George Stewart. Marged pursues nursing duties at a home for unwed mothers and unwittingly foils a murder plot. She flees home to the Lighthouse and her beloved Georgian Bay, only to be asked to journey to the infamous Lonely Island. There she will assist the wife of the new light-keeper, a young and inexperienced woman who passionately hates both her husband and her new baby. A violent storm brings some welcome and unwelcome visitors to the island, as well as one of Marged’s former suitors, Dr. Andrew Reid, and her (former?) fiancé, George Stewart.
Hilary is also a professor of cultural anthropology at the University of Toronto where she teaches courses on the anthropology-of-animals, cultural-approaches-to-nature, and cities-and-nature.