I’ve grown up all over Canada—from Woodstock, Ontario, to Calgary, Alberta.

From an early love of fairy tales, Arthurian legend, the epic stories of Tolkien, and the excitement of Dungeons & Dragons games, I knew I wanted to be a writer. So, after graduating from high school in High River, Alberta, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Lethbridge.

For a couple of years during this period I also studied martial arts.  

From there, wandering was in my blood. Life has taken me from the mountains of the Yukon, to Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Florida, New Orleans, Las Vegas, Seattle, California, Wales, Mexico, and even Belize.

In 2006 I tried settling down. I decided to buy a house and open a junk removal business in Winnipeg. In 2011 I shut down the business and began making plans to pursue my writing full time. In 2012 I put the house up for sale. It didn’t sell. I went away to work for the winter and during that time the house was destroyed by burst water pipes. Following that, I returned to Alberta to pick up the pieces.

Since then I’ve had the pleasure of joining Write Club, a fantastic writers’ group in Calgary composed of writers of diverse interests, experience, and character. I owe my thanks to this group for the major breakthrough I’ve had in taking my story ideas from potential, to laser focused.

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Simon Allain

  Fantasy writer