Until 1999, Susan Evans Shaw was a research technician in Health Sciences at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario. She now chooses to apply her skills to writing and history. Her father and husband were both geologists. Their influence helped cultivate her interest in the past, but the real catalyst was the discovery of her grandfather’s letters, written home during World War I. She transcribed the letters and published a small edition for family, My Darling Girl: Wartime Letters of James Lloyd Evans 1914-1918. Susan and photographer Jean Crankshaw co-authored Heritage Treasures: The Historic Homes of Ancaster, Burlington, Dundas, East Flamborough, Hamilton, Stoney Creek and Waterdown published by James Lorimer & Company. The book won the 2004 Arts Hamilton Award for non-fiction. In 2011, Canadians at War: A Guide to the Battlefields of World War I, with photographs by Jean Crankshaw and others, was published by Goose Lane Editions. Susan lives in a Hamilton high-rise with her two cats, Lottie and Maui.