Okay, let’s try to keep this short and snappy. I’ve been a reader all my life, and I’ve always wanted to try my hand at writing, so I’ve been learning how — with some successes now and then — for years. I’m getting there. Slowly.
I’ve been writing fiction seriously since about 1995, after I’d left my job as a junior high English teacher in tiny Bancroft, Nebraska, and moved out to North Carolina. I got my Master’s in English and Creative Writing at N.C. State University in ’97, but I really started taking it seriously in 2000, when I went to the Writers of the Future workshop for my story “Mud and Salt.”
I’m a graduate of the 1996 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop (back when it was at Michigan State), a 1997 graduate of the North Carolina State Masters Program in Creative Writing, and a 2009 graduate of the Master Class taught by Dean Wesley Smith and Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
In the past I’ve tried bartending, teaching junior high, painting houses, being a secret shopper, working construction, and many more jobs; I prefer fiction writing. For my day job, I work as a technical writer at a software company.
I live with my wife Elizabeth and our two amazing sons in North Carolina.