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Peter Kingsmill is a recipient of the Governor General’s Conservation Award (Canada), founder of the Redberry Lake (UNESCO) Biosphere Reserve in Saskatchewan, and the author of the Awan Lake mystery series. When he is not writing novels, he serves as publications editor with the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists and works as a consultant on regional development projects. Peter joined Crime Writers of Canada as a Professional Author Member in 2018 and currently serves on the Board of that organization. 

Peter has been a frequent writer and editor since leaving high-school in Montreal and college in Vermont. He recently retired from many years as a riverboat captain and owner of a small-waters marine services business, and has worked at an eclectic mix of tasks which include logger, trucker and cattle farmer. He is passionate about Canada’s rural spaces and has served two terms as Mayor in his home community of Hafford, where he lives with his wife Valerie, an artist and the author/illustrator of the Redberry Tales series of gentle children's books. See Valerie's paintings HERE)