Born in Montreal, Quebec, on March 15, 1888, Constance May Evans studied art and music in London, England with private lessons. She enjoyed writing short stories and stories in serial format for popular magazines. She would, during her career, that stretched from the early 1930's through to the 1970's, produce some 125 romance novels both under her own name and the nom de plume of Mairi O"Nair and Jane Gray. She was not as lucky finding a life long romance as some of her book hero were. She never married although engaged three times. One of her suitors was killed, a second died from old war wounds and a third died of heart failure. She eventually adopted three daughters.