Denise Roig moved to Montreal from Los Angeles in 1989 when her twelve-year-old daughter Ariel convinced her they should run away so Ariel could join the circus. Ariel went to study with Montreal's Cirque du Soleil and Denise has been living in Montreal ever since. A Quiet Night and a Perfect End (Signature Editions) is Roig's first book. She has been writing professionally for twenty years, specializing in corporate magazine writing. She has also taught magazine writing, magazine editing and creative writing at Concordia University and has developed a prototype program for teaching story writing to elementary school children. She has been a book reviewer for CBC radio, and is the editor of Hochelaga Press.