I was born in 1965 and have lived most of my life in the southcentral Pennsylvania region, near Harrisburg. I attended both Carnegie Mellon and Penn State Universities, graduating from the latter with a degree in English. I presently work as the AVP of Marketing for a large credit union.I’ve had numerous jobs at banks and credit unions for the past seventeen years, but mostly in marketing and e-commerce.
I’ve been interested in fantasy and science fiction all of my life, beginning with the original Star Trek television series. (Well, it actually began with the model kit of the Enterprise, which I found in a hobby store and thought was really cool. And which I later blew up. But that’s a story for another day.)
Then Star Wars came along when I was eleven and the effect was similar to what you get if you jam a lit M-80 into the middle of a peach. Just mind-blowing, and it’s not too much of a stretch to say that it changed my life. I never got into the toy collecting or dressing up aspect of fandom, but it certainly cemented what I wanted to do as a career.
I am, of course, a huge fan of The Lord of the Rings, both the books and the movies. Dune by Frank Herbert was another pivotal book for me, as was Philip K. Dick’s Valis. If you haven’t read them, go pick them up! You won’t be sorry.
I’m married to a beautiful and loving woman, Kelly, a graphic designer of immense talent who has an odd fetish for print fonts. I have a son and stepson I love very much when I’m not yelling at them or resisting the urge to choke them to death for not listening after I’ve told them to do something for the ninety-second time.
I also have a tough time taking author bios seriously, so unless you have specific questions you want to ask, I think I’ll quit before this bores even me to death.