I grew up in Alberta, on the border between the Canadian prairie and Rocky Mountains. I didn't have any particular direction to my life until my last year of high-school. In this year, I fell in love with Rebecca and I realized I needed to study Engineering at Queen's University after the school guidance counsellor told me there was no possibility I'd get in.
At Queen's, my friends convinced me to get a modem to join the online community on the old IBM mainframe system and to start learning about this strange new idea called the 'World Wide Web'. This led me into computer programming, which has been my career ever since. Oh, and Rebecca and I eventually married, as you may have guessed, so these two events turned out to be fateful.
I've been making up stories since I was very young and make-believe was my favourite form of play. I learned to read when my older brother did and immersed myself in as many new worlds as I could find. After I read Watership Down at age 6, my Mum stopped worrying about encouraging me to read and started worrying about how to get me to stop for trivial things like sleeping and eating.
I remember being told that the made-up worlds I loved were a child's conceit that I would need to grow out of if I wanted to succeed in life. The older I get, the more I realise how utterly wrong this was. Everything we do and everything we feel are driven and constrained by what we imagine is possible and what we believe we can accomplish. In just the past few millennia, humans have moved from chipping tools out of stones to space exploration and heart transplants. Every step on that path was driven by someone who imagined something that didn't exist and someone who believed they could make it reality.
My goal as an author is to give people new ways of looking at the world, at themselves and their relationships with each other. I want to help people believe in themselves and humanity. I want to do my part to bring back a feeling of optimism in the ability of humans to solve our own problems, to grow and become better than we are today.