The Happiest Place on Earth, flash fiction, Issue 25, December 1, 2013
Birthdate? March 18, 1958
When did you start writing? My senior year at college.
When and what and where did you first get published? A Sherlock Holmes/Lovecraft crossover, "The Adventure of the Red Leech" in Eldritch Tales back in the early 1980s.
What themes do you like to write about? A lot of my stories deal with people who need to reconnect with the world in one way or another.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? I think reading comic books from childhood has probably influenced me more than anything. I grew up reading about a world where anything could happen and I don't think I've been satisfied with reality since.
I was born in England, then moved to Florida with my family when I was 11 (kept the accent though). I graduated college with a degree in biology I didn't want to use and decided since I'd started writing a novel senior year, I'd just go ahead and be a writer. Which meant lots of grunt jobs, assorted nonfiction sales (everything from Dragon Magazine to Painting and Wallcovering), then 10 years as a full-time newspaper reporter. I'd probably still be a reporter except I met my wife LeAnn in 2008 and moved to Durham, NC to be with her. We married two years ago and now I freelance full-time.