Plastic Surgery Success Story
To write speculative fiction, and write it well, you have to be weird. Normal people don't ruminate over alien creatures on a day-by-day basis. Yes, it happens occasionally, when you're trying to figure out exactly what they dunked in the fryer for your Calamari order. But generally, very few well-rested souls will ponder what happens if people start getting biomods right and left, instead of tattoos. Or just what is behind those ancient Polynesian myths of cannibalism. Or whether the cybernetic supermen of the future are likely to oppress the rest of us.
Let's talk about writing.
I have been writing most of my life--essays, technical writing, financial self-help books (for a little outfit called Lion Publishing). But my speculative fiction efforts restarted several years ago (2007), when I decided to finish an idea for a novel that had been sloshing around in my head since I was a teenager. This time, with a little more life experience under my belt, it flowed onto the keyboard. This book-writing exercise eventually became a monumental undertaking, which culminated in the epic duology "Spellgiver". Spellgiver is a tale of enormous forces that cannot be controlled, and the frail humans who try anyway. This tale has seized every single one of the handful of people who've read it (including two professional editors), and it has now been turned into two books, with a third on its way. None are published yet; the first book "City of Shards" will be out in Q1 2018. See the book page for more information on Spellgiver.
After I finished the book, I put it on a shelf and started writing short stories. I have written over two dozen so far, which I began to submit in 2013. In that time, I've received a dozen publications and multiple honorable mentions from the Writers of the Future (see Short Stories tab, a couple publications are pending). My short stories have received acclaim from most who have read them, and I hope to release an anthology after the Spellgiver books come out.
I live in Southern California with my wife and golden retriever. I'm an engineer by trade.