Alison Preston was born and raised in Winnipeg. After trying on a number of other Canadian cities, she returned to her home town, where she currently resides. A graduate of the University of Winnipeg, and a letter carrier for 28 years, Preston has been twice nominated for the John Hirsch Award for Most Promising Manitoba Writer. She was shortlisted for the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award for Cherry Bites and the Mary Scorer Award for Best Book by a Manitoba Publisher for Sunny Dreams. Her new novel is The Girl in the Wall (Signature Editions), which won the 2012 Margaret Lawrence Award for Fiction.