About the Author
Ian Mitchell-Gill has worn many hats over the course of his life: lifeguard, athlete, martial artist, public speaker, salesman, musician, bouncer. He currently works as a schoolteacher, though he doesn’t claim to have modelled Mr. Merrett after himself. A lifelong reader, he began writing to create samples for his students to help them understand how a story is developed and created. He and his students enjoyed the process so much that he began to write a chapter a week to share with them.
Ian says his students were also the inspiration for the story: “I was constantly amazed at the many rich and varied abilities of my students and what they could accomplish.” His many experiences and interests proved to be valuable background for some of the characters and situations in the book. His first book, Merrett’s Gift, was a labor of love that is now being brought to a wider audience.
Ian lives in Oshawa, Ontario, with his wife and two daughters. He continues to teach.