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Kaja Blackley, born in Canada, spent many of his formative years in New York City — an environment he credits for setting him on his creative path: “The city wasn’t very beautiful to my five-year-old self, but the creative energy was intoxicating.”

Saturday morning cartoons, comic books, Where the Wild Things Are and The Chronicles of Narnia were the key that opened the door to his childhood imagination. He drew all the time and later discovered that writing stories was just as interesting as making pictures. One of Kaja’s stories has been made into a Hollywood movie, and he was named One of The One Hundred Canadians to Watch by Maclean’s magazine.

Maggie MacCormack and the Witches’ Wheel is Kaja’s first novel in the young adult genre, and the culmination of his artistic endeavours.

Kaja Blackley lives in Canada, with his wife and two children.