André Narbonne spent ten years as a cadet and marine engineer on bulk carriers, tankers, fishery patrol and hydrographic vessels before working nightshift as a stationary engineer in a waste oil refinery to pay for his studies at Dalhousie University. He also tested capelin for a Newfoundland fish plant. He holds a PhD from the University of Western Ontario. His favourite band is the Kinks. He lives in Ottawa with Aeriana, Schrödinger, Helena, and Cordelia, two of whom are cats.