Born just before the '80s began, T.B McKenzie grew up in South Gippsland Victoria, where boys either surfed or played football. He did neither and, as this was a time before the Internet, he found his escape in books. Somehow he missed the boat on Tolkien but discovered instead the works of Lloyd Alexander, Terry Pratchett and Ursula Le-Guin, who all had a lot to say about things people seemed to have forgotten. He never looked back and ever since his first story -- written in grade four about a monster, a sword, and a hero -- he knew he wanted to be a writer. He lives now with his wife and young son in Melbourne, Australia, where he makes money to pay the bills as an art teacher and every now and then finds the time to write another chapter.