C. B. Forrest was born and raised in the historical village of Richmond, just outside of Ottawa. From an early age he was banging out little stories on an old beast of a manual typewriter he found in the basement. He had first short story was published in a regional anthology at the age of eight.

After studying Journalism, he worked as a reporter for The Sudbury Star and Northern Life. He covered several murder trials and in 1995 interviewed a convicted murderer imprisoned at Collins Bay Penitentiary for a feature article.

In 1998 he studied under the author and poet B. W. Powe as a student of the Humber School for Writers. In 2001, an unpublished novella titled Coming To was adapted to the stage and showcased at The Factory Theatre during Toronto’s SummerWorks festival.

His fiction includes the award-winning short story, “The Lost Father”, and the independently published novel Chasing Pace. His poetry has appeared in Contemporary Verse 2, Bloodlotus Journal, Bywords Quarterly Journal and Ascent Aspirations, and has earned praise from writers as varied as George Elliot Clarke and Stephen Reid.

He lives in Ottawa with his wife and daughter. An ardent fan of the City of Toronto, he has reached a compromise in terms of sports loyalty: he cheers for the Senators in hockey and the Blue Jays in baseball.

The second McKelvey novel, Slow Recoil, the sequel to the well-received The Weight of Stones, will be released in the fall of 2010.