M. D. Benoit discovered science fiction and mystery through her father's bedtime stories, which were always full of gadgets, dark doorways, and disappearing people. She lives in Ottawa, Canada, with her husband and her cat (who is really an alien). Metered Space is her first novel. M. D. Benoit can be reached at mdbenoit_2000(at)yahoo.com.
My major writing influences were Donaldson (his Thomas Covenant series), Heinlein, Zelazny, Eddings, Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, L. R. Wright.
I've also recently discovered China Miéville, Dan Brown, José Saramago, Keri Hulme.