I live in the Pacific Northwest with my wife and two sons. By day, I’m a hardware design manager. I can’t recall now if I discovered fantasy before or after D&D but since a bewildered evening in eighth grade playing D&D in the basement of an old house at West Point with a bunch of intimidating cadets, I’ve been smitten by the fantasy bug. Over the years I’ve added CRPGs and MMOs to the mix but at heart fantasy novels and fantasy RPGs have always called to me.
We have a literary, if still aspirational, household. My wife is also a writer, mostly romance. You can find her at Stumbling Towards Ecstasy. My older son has long been a keen writer and now my younger son has just finished his first story outside of school work.
Some years ago I dabbled in computer generated graphics and much of the artwork for the site and some of the blog pictures are from those days. Towards the end, I was experimenting with a “hand drawn” style but don’t mistake any of my work for by-hand, my manual artistic skills are rather poor. Before that I had dabbled with writing, drafting my first novel. I enjoyed the artwork as a diversion and would like to get back to it some day, but for now while I still have a day job, having to choose between artwork (which was never going to go anywhere) and writing (where I can still dream and hope, can’t I 🙂 ), I’ve chosen the latter.
My bookshelf of things to re-read every few years includes Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and Shelby Foote’s Civil War, a Narrative along with other fantasy. For me, any good fiction, or a great narrative history is as much an inspiration as fantasy.
Welcome to my site. Hope you enjoy!