I started writing as soon as I had learned to read, beginning in kindergarten
with Dr. Seuss-inspired doggerel (One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish was a particularly strong influence). At age ten, I was attempting novels. I cannot not write; I call it a benevolent compulsion.
The first story of mine that ever saw print appeared in THE RED DEER ADVOCATE when I was 17, as the runner-up in a short story contest. My first paying sale was to a literary magazine called SECRETS FROM THE ORANGE COUCH, a few years later. Since then I’ve sold about thirty short stories in a range of genres: mystery, science fiction, alternate history, and fantasy.
Lately I’ve been making an effort to write introductions to those stories of mine that are online, so you can have the inside scoop on how some of them came to be written, along with links to the stories themselves!
I got into print young not because I was some kind of teen genius—those first stories of mine were not very strong!–but because I was trying to sell stories, bombarding magazines like Asimov’s with submissions. I believe most writers want an audience for their work, and I was actively searching for mine.
As I continued to refine my craft as a short story writer, I began to work on books, too. My first novel is the ecofantasy Indigo Springs, which was released in 2009 by Tor Books and which won the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic. A sequel, Blue Magic, will be out in the fall of 2011.