Luanne Armstrong was born and raised in the Kootenays. She holds a BA (Honours) in Creative Writing and Journalism from the University of Victoria and a MFA in Creative Writing from UBC. She has taught at numerous institutions including The Kootenay School of the Arts, the Okanagan School of the Arts and Langara College while authoring numerous books, including the young adult novels, Annie, and Arly and Spike, both awarded a Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice Selection. Luanne Armstrong's writing has appeared in several newspapers and magazines, including the Vancouver Sun and Georgia Straight, Geist, Herizons, and Salon Online. She is managing editor of Hodgepog Books.