D.F. Bailey was born in Montreal. He received a B.A. (English) from the University of New Brunswick and a master's degree in counselling psychology from University of British Columbia. He is the author of two other novels, Fire Eyes (finalist for the W.H. Smith/Books in Canada First Novel Award) and Healing the Dead. He was a professor at the University of Victoria and the coordinator for the Professional Writing Cooperative Education Program for ten years. He now writes full time.