I was born in Philadelphia, raised in New Jersey, and now live in California. I've been reading everything I could get my hands on since I was about six. I recently found out about Charles de Lint when picked up the story ACircleOfCats.
Having started with that book I was a little surprised at some of the grittier stories I came across when I read TappingTheDreamTree. Having said that, I've fallen in love with Charles de Lint's unique writing style and have been picking up any book I come across with his name on it.