Renée Hillier Downs calls Newfoundland home even after 17 years of living on the “mainland” where she spent her formative years growing up on Long Island, Newfoundland. Renée attended Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s School of Fine Arts where she earned her BFA. Afterwards she left her tiny corner of the world to live in the bustling city of Toronto where she immersed herself into the arts community and met her husband. Shortly afterwards they moved east to Nova Scotia and started their little family. Renée’s inspiration for writing comes from her father and the English teachers that nurtured her talent. Sisters of Avalon is the first in a trilogy of the continuing story of the Bride’s from Bridgette’s Cove, Newfoundland, a fictional place that lives deep in the mind of the author.