beatrice macneill has written 10 plays, four of which have won awards and two of which have been adapted for CBC Radio. Her short-story collection, The Moonlight Skater, won the 1994 Dartmouth Book Award. Her children's book, There Is a Mouse in the House of Miss Crouse, won the 1996 Marianna Dempster Canadian Author's Award for Nova Scotia. The founder of Cape Breton's Reading Ceilidhs, she is the recipient of the 1999 Tic Butler Award for her outstanding contribution to Cape Breton writing and culture. Butterflies Dance in the Dark is her first novel.