Born in Montreal, Patrick Starnes studied Philosophy and English Literature in Canada and wrote his masters thesis on the novels of Samuel Beckett at Cambridge. He has travelled widely and at one time or another has lived in the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Greece, Spain, and England. He has worked variously as an aid administrator, journalist, freelance researcher, and college lecturer.
He is currently living in Italy with his wife Christine and dogs Mac and Mia.
An old friend (Iain Johnstone), whose agent Andrew Lownie had been for a while, recommended that I send my novel to the agency. He (Iain) said I 'would not get a fairer reading in London than from David Haviland'.