About

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I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, where I enjoy wandering around in the wilderness and only occasionally getting lost. I’ve also spent extended periods of time in Italy, where I learned very little Italian but ate quite a lot of pizza, and Ireland, where I searched half-successfully for puffins and selkies.

Before becoming a writer I worked, among other things, as an archaeologist, a technical writer, and a backstage assistant for a Shakespearean theatre company (which I could write several novels about). I have a Master’s degree in English Literature and briefly considered becoming a professor, before I realized it involved more than reading books, drinking excessive amounts of tea, and wearing colourful elbow patches.

I’m represented by the amazing Brianne Johnson at Writers House. EVEN THE DARKEST STARS, my first novel, was purchased by HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray at auction in a six-figure, two-book deal.

Favourite quotes:

“It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all–in which case, you fail by default.” -J.K. Rowling

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” -George R.R. Martin

“The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence you’re allowed to do what you like.” -Neil Gaiman

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” -Amelia Earhart

Favourite books: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire; Beowulf; Jane Eyre; Anne of Green Gables; Howl’s Moving Castle; Le Petit Prince; The Golden Compass

Favourite TV shows: Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Star Trek; Battlestar Galactica; Firefly; Sense8; Survivor (don’t judge)

Random talents: Surfing; rock climbing; origami; list-making; horribly accented French; geeky trivia; getting lost in strange places