George W. Coffer was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1946. He graduated fro high school in Adelaide, Australia, received a BA in English from the University of Colorado, and an MA from the University of Denver. He once owned a used bookstore and has worked as a cashier, a teacher and a mental health counselor. He likes to look at birds, talk to people, paddle a canoe, play the saxophone, and study creative writing at Clark College. He lives in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife Pam, and his cat Tabby. His daughter, Dot, is a doctor doing her residency in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.