THE FOLLOWING IS INFORMATION I FOUND ON SOMEONE ELSE'S WEB SITE. I PERSONALLY HAVE NOT CONFIRMATED SAID QUOTE
According to Interzone magazine, "Wilhelmina Baird is a pseudonym of British author Joyce Hutchinson." The information below came from the UK paperback edition of Crashcourse... uncertain if it's fact or fiction.
"Wilhelmina Baird was born in 1935 in Dunfermline, Fife, but was brought up in England. She took up teaching temporarily while she tried to finish her MA thesis. However, her Open University teaching continued, and the MA was sidelined. She describes herself as 'the classic taught-everything-everywhere-can't-stand-still guy'. She dabbled in writing short stories and thrillers but was published only when she retired from teaching. She is currently contemplating her sixth novel.
"Wilhelmina Baird lives in France with one and a half cats, her computer and the local taxes". [publisher's bumpf, Crashcourse , UK pbk, 1995]