photo by Dwight Buhler 2009
I was born on a wintery Sunday in Jackson, Michigan, the third of four siblings. According to my mother, I was late. But when I finally decided to enter the world I at least waited for the doctor to get from his church to the hospital.
photo by John Edward Beach
My first sixteen years were spent in the rolling landscape of Michigan. During that time, my love of mythology began, as did my earliest efforts at storytelling.
The family moved from Michigan to Houston, Texas, trading hills and lakes for the Gulf Coast flatlands. High school and college were spent in the Lone Star State (Bachelor's degree at the University of Houston, Masters at the University of Texas at Austin, both in English literature). But Academia was not entirely my cup of tea, and a long-standing love of theater, film and television was singing a siren song in my brain.
A visit to Southern California for a literary conference brought the revelation that Los Angeles felt like home. Shortly thereafter, I moved to Los Angeles. During the settling-in period, I worked at the LA County Law Library. But eventually, I got the ideal job for a writer who wasn't making money (yet) from writing - working on the staff of the game show Jeopardy!
Concurrent with that time in Jeopardy!, I spent several years as an editor, artist, and article contributor to the quarterly journal Mythlore. That volunteer activity helped prepare me to be the editor of the first issue of the Shooting Star Comics Anthology. These experiences have made me appreciate the work that editors do, but it is not actually the profession I want to pursue.
Having found "my
place" in the world, I've continued pursuing various writing activities.
This has included having a number of scholarly papers published. In 2008,
I published The Scribbler's Guide to the Land of Myth: Mythic Motifs
for Storytellers, a labor of love. I continue to write prose fiction,
poetry, non-fiction, in various formats. When asked "What do you
write?" my usual answer is "Almost anything."