Bio: I was born in Salem, Massachusetts and lived there within walking distance
of the House of the Seven Gables. However, I grew up in sunny South Florida
and had a childhood full of alligators, snakes, turtles, and walking
catfish. Writing was something I started doing at a young age. An early
story featured a giant, white tiger, and a connected series of drawings
(perhaps one of the first "graphic novels?") depicted a war between two
groups of robots: the square-heads vs. the round-heads.
Comic books were a major influence on me, as were series of books like
Encyclopedia Brown and Tom Swift. Later, the Heinlein juveniles grabbed
hold and never did let go... at least, not completely.
In high school and college I tried my hand at playwrighting. It wasn't
until I took a creative writing class at the University of Florida, under
Smith Kirkpatrick, that I seriously attacked short fiction. I eventually
dropped out of college, but kept writing while exploring other methods of
expression. For a while I sang in a punk rock band called Officer Friendly
(hence the picture), and co-published (with author James C. Bassett) a
punk-influenced sci-fi 'zine called Science Fiction Randomly.
It was this fanzine that directly led to my first professional sale.
Lawrence Watt-Evans had read, and apparently liked, some of my writing in
SFR, and invited me to submit a story to an anthology he was editing, called
Newer York. It took almost a full year and five stories, but he eventually
bought one from me. Since then, I've sold over 35 short stories to
anthologies, small press magazines, and web sites. One story, "Reality,"
made the Preliminary Ballot for the Stoker Award. Another story, "Virtual
Day," I adapted into a short film script and sold to an Atlanta-based
digital production company.
My personal philosophy about the art of writing fiction has undergone a
dramatic change over the years. I used to think that the end-all and be-all
of my existence was to make a living as a full-time writer, no matter what
it took. However, I am now more interested in producing the absolute best
original works that I can, regardless of what I actually do for a living. I
want the stories I write to communicate my vision of the world, as it is or
as it could be, or perhaps as I fear it might be…