William Bell was born and raised in Toronto. In high school, he wrote poetry and had a story published in the school yearbook.
Bell has a Masters degree in Literature, and another in Education: Curriculum and Administration. He has taught English in Canadian high schools, in universities in China, and at UBC. It was in China that he met Ting-Xing Ye, with whom he wrote Throwaway Daughter.
The inspiration to become a writer came when Bell heard a speech by John Metcalfe, author of one of his favourite short stories. Some of Bell's books are used in high school curricula.
Bell says he likes to write for young people because they are "the best audience: they are loyal to the writers they like and they are enthusiastic readers".
“Yer gonna love it, kid. A lotta laughs.” --Humphrey Bogart
“A brilliantly humorous story of love!” --Cyrano de Bergerac
“I didn’t get it.” --Romeo Montague
“Witty.” --John Donne
“I thought it was stupid.” --Katherina Minola
“Masterful and intelligent.” --James Joyce
“An un-put-downable page turner, nuanced and layered.” --some critic
When Jake Blanchard gets a job as a student set designer at the York School of Arts, it's an exciting first step towards realizing his dream of making movies. But soon enough he finds himself starring in a drama of his own creation. Nothing in Jake's life is the same after Vanni, a whip-smart, wisecracking Indian-Irish-Canadian joins his class, and after Jake meets the unforgettable Alba, who is as stunning as she is unattainable. Jake is tongue-tied around Alba and enlists Vanni's help. All of a sudden — like the Shakespeare play Jake's school is putting on — Jake finds himself entwined in a love triangle of sorts, complete with secrets and suppressed passions, contrived plots, miscues and misunderstandings. By the end, as in any good comedy, tensions are resolved and Jake's world has been re-made, though in a way he could not have anticipated.