Vanessa Winn's non-fiction has appeared in Monday Magazine and her poetry has been published in Quill's Canadian Poetry Magazine and Island Writer Magazine. She has a Bachelor of Arts with a major in English from the University of Victoria. Vanessa also teaches Argentine tango. Born in England, Vanessa now lives in Victoria, BC, with her two daughters. The Chief Factor's Daughter (TouchWood 2009) is her first novel.

Winn's second novel, Trappings (Oakheart Press 2020), based on real people and events, is a story of first love and second chances in a time when women were only given one chance. Born to the Western fur trade and married at 18, Kate Work knows little of her husband's family in Nova Scotia or the reasons they fled its ruling elite. Haunted by a grandmother she barely knew, her own heritage lies hidden in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains. Amid a web of disasters, she is caught in the boom-and-bust town of Victoria during its power struggle in colonial British Columbia. Kate must face the laws and ambitions of men to protect her only legacy -- her daughter.


Vanessa Winn, The Chief Factor's Daughter (TouchWood 2009) $19.95 978-1-894898-93-5

Trappings (Oakheart Press 2020) $24.95 978-1-7770408-0-2

Review of the author's work by BC Studies:
The Chief Factor's Daughter