Author Ross Pennie spent his early childhood on the prairies of Southern Alberta and attended high school in the shadow of the Peace Tower, Ottawa.
On Graduating from medical school at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, he set off for the South Pacific, his heart afire with the stories of Robinson Crusoe, Captian Cook and Munity on the Bounty.
But his romantic notions are soon dashed when the young Canadian encounters the mud, medicine and magic of remote Papua New Guinea.
Now an internationally recognized specialist in Paediatrics and Infectious Diseases, Pennie has worked as a medical practitioner, educator and researcher in Canada, the U.S., St. Lucia, Brazil, Angola and Malaysia.
His ceartive writing has won several prestigious prizes.
Pennie is currently a professor at McMaster University , Hamilton, and a practising physician at Brant Community Health System at Brantford, Ontario. He's also a specialist in the treatment of infectious diseases.