Lois was born in Montreal, Quebec, grew up mostly in Riverview, New Brunswick, and spent her summers visiting Ontario. She graduated from Acadia University in Nova Scotia and the University of Alberta in Edmonton before moving to Calgary, Alberta, where she enjoyed a long and rewarding teaching career. These richly Canadian experiences sparked her passion for bringing Canada’s stories alive for readers.
Her first historical novel, Winds of L’Acadie, takes readers on a journey to Nova Scotia in 1755 just as the deportation of the Acadians is about to take place. It was shortlisted for the Hackmatack Award in Atlantic Canada and the Golden Eagle Award in Alberta. In addition to reading, writing and blogging, Lois loves visiting schools, conducting workshops and presenting at conferences.
She currently lives in Calgary where she enjoys time with her husband, daughter, son and daughter-in-law. Her new novel for young readers, The Journal, is forthcoming in February 2015.