Adrian Barnes was born in England and moved to Canada with his family when he was a boy. He grew up in Vancouver and spent his weekends browsing bookstores and thrift stores in search of books. No doubt the best he found was Alice In Wonderland and no doubt the writing of Lewis Carroll remained at the top of his all time favourites.
Throughout his life, Adrian picked up degrees in English, Russian, and Writing from UBC and University of Manchester. In later life he had a variety of jobs. Of greatest influence during the writing of Satan à la Mode was his work dealing and managing casinos in Vancouver where the world was as weird as Alice In Wonderland's world and taught him even more about the strangeness of human experience.
In the end, however, he left Vancouver, along with his wife, Charlene, and raised their two sons, Ethan and Liam, atop the mountains of British Columbia. He had to dig a little deeper to find the weirdness he loved but eventually found it in Rossland, BC. Here he worked as a teacher in high school then later taught English at Selkirk College. Here he first wrote and published his novel NOD in the UK with Bluemoose (2013) soon to be released in North America with Titan Books (2015).