Jay Sherwood started his career in surveying before becoming a teacher-librarian. In his retirement, he authored twelve books on BC history, including the four-book series about the career of surveyor Frank Swannell. Two of his works have been BC Book Prize finalists, and three have received BC Historical Federation awards. Ootsa Lake Odyssey (Caitlin Press, 2016) won the 2018 Jeanne Clarke Memorial local history award. His most recent publications include the two-part series on the Alberta/BC boundary survey, and his final publication is the forthcoming Kechika Chronicler: The Northern BC & Yukon Diaries of Willard Freer, 1942-1978.