Biography

Ian Weir is a playwright, screenwriter and novelist.  Born in North Carolina, he was raised in Kamloops, British Columbia, where he told his piano teacher that he wanted to be a writer when he grew up.  (Her reply:  “Yes, that’s a nice hobby.  But what do you want to do for a living?”)

After working for several years as a newspaper reporter, he completed a BA in English at UBC and an MA in Middle English Language and Literature at King’s College, University of London – an experience that started a life-long love affair with London itself.  He wrote several radio plays for CBC and BBC, before establishing himself as a stage playwright.  His first full-length play, The Idler, premiered in Vancouver in 1987, winning a Jessie Award for Best New Play and going on to several other productions across Canada.  Ian was astonished to discover that he seemed to be doing this for a living, and has since written more than a dozen other plays, among them Bloody Business, St. George, and Hope and Caritas.

He stumbled more or less accidentally into screenwriting, and over the past twenty-five years has written extensively for television, most recently serving as creator and executive producer of the CBC one-hour drama series Arctic Air.  Prior to that he was writer and executive producer of the acclaimed gangland miniseries Dragon Boys, a thriller set in the world of Asian organized crime on Canada’s West Coast.  He was also the creator and executive producer of the long-running teen drama series Edgemont.  Otherwise he has written more than 100 episodes for nearly two dozen series, ranging from ReBoot to Flashpoint.  Awards include two Geminis, four Leos and a Writers’ Guild of Canada Screenwriting Award.

Along the way, Ian has taken a variety of other literary excursions, including three young adult books, a syndicated newspaper humour column and the libretto for an alternative opera based on the legend of Faust.

As for this novel-writing thing?  He likes to think of it as a kind of mid-life Damascene conversion.  His first novel, Daniel O’Thunder, was written in an intense nine-month outburst commencing midway through 2008, and drew upon tropes and notions that he had begun mulling a quarter-century earlier, as a graduate student tramping through the ancient winding streets of London.  Published in 2009, Daniel O’Thunder startled its author considerably by being shortlisted for four awards, and left him with the fervent conviction that novel-writing is the most fulfilling creative voyage of all, and that he would very much like to undertake a few more of these.  Will Starling will launch in Canada in September 2014, and in the US early next year.

Ian lives in Langley, British Columbia with his wife Jude and their daughter Amy.  When not anchored at a computer screen, he lives and dies with the BC Lions, roots forlornly for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and confesses to a guilty interest in boxing.

He continues to think fondly of his old piano teacher.