Michelle Gilman was raised in Winnipeg, MB, and enjoyed summers at Lake of the Woods, ON--the setting for What Grandma Built. Michelle completed her Master of Education specializing in Special Education and worked as a resource teacher for five years before becoming an Associate Professor at Arizona State University. Michelle, her husband Laurence and their two children currently live in Vancouver, BC, where Michelle continues to teach and share her love of reading. The book was inspired by a discussion the author had with her children after their grandma (Bubbie) died. They discussed her life and her legacy and wanted to capture what made her so truly special.