I was born in the suburbs of Boston, MA, although I left there when I was two. I spent most of my childhood split between the soaring peaks of the Swiss Alps an the dark industrialism of northern England, and their scenery has left an indelible mark on my psyche and creativity.
I went to school in Sheffield, England, and earned a B.A. in Music Composition from the University of Sheffield. From there I somehow ended up returning to the stories I used to write as a child, and have spent most of the time since 2005 honing the craft of writing (though I’m a long way from a master yet).
I became severely depressed in my late teens, and the mental instability that has arisen since then has colored and influenced everything in my life. In 2015 I was finally diagnosed with Bipolar Type II, and although this has started a process of managing the sometimes terrifying mood swings, I’ve been left mentally and physically scarred by the emotional turmoil of almost two decades of mental illness.
Depression is so much a part of my identity that it formed the basis for my first novel, A Gothic Symphony. The story of a teenage girl suffering through catatonic depression in the wake of a tragic upbringing, it reflects many of the feelings and traumas that I lived through myself in those early, dark days.
I currently live in northern New Jersey with my wife and son, and I firmly believe that without their support I would not be here today.
C. M. North 2017