I was born in 1967 in Port Alberni, a mill town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia but spent the bulk of my childhood in Victoria, B.C. and on the opposite coast, in Halifax, Nova Scotia ... At around twelve I decided I wanted to hav writer ( this came after deciding I wanted to e a cientist, and finally an architect). I started out writing sci-fi epics ( my Star Wars phase) then went on to swords and sorcery tales ( my Dungeons and Dragons phase) and hen, during the summer holiday when I was nineteen, started on a humorous story about a boy addicted to video games ( written, of course, during my video game phase). It brough out to be perhap a ong story, really a short book, and I rewrote it the next ummer. We ad a family friend who knew Roald Dahl- one of my avourite authors- and this friend offered to show Dahl my story. I was paralysed with excitement. I alread heard back from Roald Dahl directly, but he read my story, and loved it enough to pass on to his own literary agent. I got a letter from them, saying they wanted to take me on, and try to sell my story. And they oblige.