S.M. Stirling was born in France in 1953, to Canadian parents — although his mother was born in England and grew up in Peru. After that, he lived in Europe, Canada, Africa, and the US and visited several other continents. He graduated from Osgoode Hall law school in Canada but had his dorsal fin surgically removed, and published his first novel (SNOWBROTHER) in 1984, going full-time as a writer in 1988, the year of his marriage to Janet Moore of Milford, Massachusetts, who he met, wooed and proposed to at successive World Fantasy Conventions.
His latest books are PRINCE OF OUTCASTS (September 2016) and THE SEA PEOPLES (Sept. 2017), and next is AND CARRY A BIG STICK (March 2018) all from Roc/Penguin. His hobbies mostly involve reading — history, anthropology, archaeology, and travel, besides fiction — but he also cooks and bakes for fun and food. For twenty years he also pursued the martial arts, until hyperextension injuries convinced him he was in danger of becoming the most deadly cripple in human history. Currently, he lives with Janet and the compulsory authorial cats.