Born in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec in 1968, Grant Hamilton went to a small high school with less than a dozen people in his graduating class. The small class environment provided some distinct advantages, with his teachers being able to devote more time and attention to individual students. Grant’s teachers encouraged his storytelling ambition and subsequently one of his poetry works was published. This small success was the catalyst for Grant’s writing passion, fueling the energy to finish high school with a major in enriched English classes at Brookfield High. After obtaining a B.A. at Carleton University with studies in Film and English literature,Grant’s fertile mind continued to flex as he wrote short stories and poetry to be included in future anthologies.
During this time, fantasy books and board games were becoming very popular and were a heavy influence on Grant. Warhammer, Dungeons and Dragons, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Forgotten Realms: The Crystal Shard, and Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight are some of his favorite books and games.Grant was married in 1999 and as a civilian Project Manager with National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces, has continued to develop his writing and communications skills. His second youngest son Gregory Hamilton was diagnosed with autism, resulting in his family re-inventing themselves by downsizing their home and income, his wife leaving her job to home-school their son with special needs. Raising someone with high functioning autism opened Grant’s eyes to a part of the world about which he knew very little. He has reinvented himself as a champion of autism and as part of that challenge, Grant made the decision to raise autism awareness by writing a series of fantasy novels that includes an autistic hero modeled after his son.
The Heroes of Karth series is the result of his experience and passion coming together like a perfect storm, creating a world for readers of all ages to enjoy and expand upon for many years to come.