Susan Kerslake was born in Chicago in 1943. She attended Montana State (Missoula) and Beloit (Wisc). She worked in a bookstore in Chicago and immigrated to Canada in 1966. She has worked in libraries at Dalhousie University, as a childcare worker in daycare, and at the IWK and Grace Hospital, where she now volunteers with kids with cysticfibrosis. She has beloved budgies.