Dan Rafter

The Man Who Wrote War and Peace, fiction, March 1, 2008

Birthdate? April 3, 1968

When did you start writing? I've been writing ever since I could pick up a pen.

When and what and where did you first get published? My first "professional" work were short bar reviews in a weekly newspaper in Chicago called Barfly. You can bet I felt like a pro when I told people I was calling from Barfly.

Why do you write? That's a good question. I've always viewed writing as a particularly enjoyable puzzle. You keep rearranging words until they fit. I've always enjoyed working on the writing puzzle.

Why do you write Science Fiction and/or Fantasy? I've always been a fan of the genre. I like the fact that science fiction doesn't have to mean only robots and laser beams.

Who is your favorite author? Your favorite story? My favorite author is Flannery O'Connor. I'm a big fan of her story A Good Man is Hard to Find.

What are you trying to say with your fiction? I'd love to say, "Pay me lots and lots of money!" But what I'm really saying is, "I hope you like this enough to read it. I hope it makes you smile, at least a bit."

Do you blog? Where? I do have a blog at www.propertycrossroads.com. It focuses on residential real estate. That's my day job: Covering real estate, business and environmental news for a host of trade magazines, newspapers and consumer magazines. I consider writing fiction and comic books my "fun" job.

If you could write your own epitaph, what would it say? "We made sure he was really dead before we closed the coffin."