Lorne Rothman was born in 1964 in Montreal, Canada. He spent most of his childhood in Toronto, back in the day when you could live in a big city, and explore fields and farmlands just beyond your front door.
It was there that his life-long interest in nature took hold, and years later carried him through the savannah and rain forests of East Africa and Madagascar, and the striking landscapes of Western Canada where he earned a Ph.D. in Ecology.
Lorne returned to Toronto where he now lives with his wife and two children. He works as a statistician most days, and writes ecological fantasy (eco-fantasy) on the side. His writing spans both fiction and non-fiction genres and reflects his desire for a full and varied life, and a more unified vision of the world--grounded in both art and science.
Part fantasy-quest, part natural history, Lorne Rothman's debut novel, "Southcrop Forest", has won awards for Nature and Environmental Writing, as well as Fantasy.
The trees of Southcrop have made a striking discovery-one that could change the world for all their kind. But they are trapped in a forest fragment and face destruction from human sprawl. They cannot spread their new-found gift across the land. Then Auja, a young oak, finds little Fur amongst her branches. Fur is a legendary creature not seen for a thousand years, a single intelligent being emerged from a colony of caterpillars. Fur is small and meek and slow, but can travel through the forest and talk with trees. Auja persuades the reluctant Fur to help. Fur embarks on a desperate quest to find the source of all tree power-the mysterious Riverside Farm. Here he must gather the trees' great treasure and carry it across Oak River to the forests of Deep Sky. Fur's long trek is fraught with peril as he races to reach Riverside Farm before it is destroyed. Ghoulish enemies hunt him while machines wreak their deadly havoc. Yet Fur's journey is one of enlightenment as he learns about the ecology of his world, the threat of the human species, and finally, the secret of his existence.
"A simple young teen book that is quite a well rounded story in itself, but to me seems like it could be a great stepping stone to the “World Out There” for the inquisitive young mind." George Roesch, Fantasy Book Review