Janet McNaughton was born in Toronto in 1953. She graduated from York University in 1978 and moved to St. John's, Newfoundland, where she completed an M.A. in 1982 and a PhD in 1989, both in folklore. She reviews children's books regularly for Quill & Quire. Janet is the author of To Dance at the Palais Royale and Make or Break Spring, both multiple award winners, as well as The Secret Under My Skin, which has also won many awards, including the Ruth Schwartz Award and the Mr. Christie's Book Award. Her most recent title is An Earthly Knight. She lives in St. John's with her family.