Margaret Sweatman began When Alice Lay Down with Peter in St. Norbert, Manitoba, where her studio overlooked the Red River. During the writing, her house flooded twice and was eventually lost to the river. "Everything about the book is located there," she says, "in a much-loved place." She is a playwright and lyricist and the author of two previous novels, Sam and Angie and Fox. Margaret lives in Winnipeg.