Royden Lepp was born on the Canadian prairies of Manitoba. He grew up the son of an oil painter and a farmer and he's been drawing since he could hold a pencil. Royden failed his 12th grade art class for drawing comics instead of assignments, and was kicked out of 10th grade math for animating in the corner of his textbook. He now writes and illustrates childrens books and graphic novels while working full time as an animator in the Seattle games industry. He lives in the Seattle area with his wife, Ruth.