Glen C Strathy started writing stories when he was 11 years old and too shy to have a life. "Back then, I mostly read science fiction and comic books and those were the kind of stories I came up with.
"Probably one of the most profound experiences I had as a kid was a summer arts camp run out of a local church basement. We were encouraged to express ourselves freely, and it was just what I needed.
"As I got older, I found similar experiences taking drama lessons. I started acting in community theatre and met a lot of local writers, actors, dancers, and artists. I believe the best thing about performing arts (and other arts too) is that they give people more freedom to be who they want to be.
After spending time as a student, actor, teacher, and freelance writer, I started writing fiction again when the idea for Dancing on the Inside came to me and wouldn't let go. After thinking about and planning the book for a couple of years, I wrote the first draft as part of National Novel Writing Month and spent the following months revising."
For those interested in such things, Glen earned an M.A. in English
from the University of Western Ontario, and graduated from the Artist in
Community Education program at Queen's University, Kingston. He has
also co-authored two non-fiction books and is a member of the
Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC) and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Glen has taught creative writing courses and workshops at St. Lawrence College, and Queen's University, Kingston with a focus on the Art of Story.
Glen lives with his wife, fellow writer Kaitlin Rainey, and their daughter in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.