D. W. Wilson was born and raised in the Kootenay Valley, British Columbia. He is the recipient of the University of East Anglia's inaugural Man Booker Prize Scholarship, the most prestigious award available to students in the MA program. His stories have appeared in literary magazines in Canada, Ireland and the UK, and “The Dead Roads” won the 2011 BBC National Short Story Award. Once You Break a Knuckle, his debut story collection, was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. He lives in Cambridge. His debut novel is Ballistics.