Samantha Warwick was born in Montreal and raised in Sutton, Quebec, and Vancouver. She has been the Southern Alberta Program Coordinator for the Writers Guild of Alberta since 2005, where she has planned, implemented and hosted over 100 literary programs—including panel discussions, interviews, readings and conferences. Samantha received her MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, and her first novel, Sage Island, was released in 2008 with Brindle & Glass. Her nonfiction and poetry have been broadcast on CBC Radio and appeared in various literary and commercial publications including Geist, EVENT, Room, Qwerty, The Globe & Mail and FASHION. Samantha spent seven years coaching competitive swimming between 1997 and 2004, and has participated in long-distance open water swim races in British Columbia, California, and New York. After roughly a decade not swimming, she recently began rehabbing her shoulders to swim a 2.5km open water race in Barcelona late July 2013. When she is not reading, programming authors, or working on her second novel, Samantha coaches a masters swim team.