Patricia Van Tighem was born in Calgary, Alberta, and trained as a nurse at Mount Royal College and the University of Victoria. Her husband Trevor is a local G.P. and they have lived in Nelson for eight years. Patricia and Trevor have four children. They go sailing more than hiking these days. The Bear's Embrace is Patricia's first book and it was nominated for (came second) in the British Columbia Book Awards in three categories and for the Vancouver City Book Awards.