A is for Alphabet, Z is for Nothing, fiction, Issue 36, September 1, 2016
Birthday? May 19th, 1983
When did you start writing? I remember writing my first story in 3rd grade. It was the novel sequel to the movie Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. Since then I have always dabbled in some form of writing, but have become more serious about it in the last few years.
When and what and where did you first get published? My first publication came July 2016 when my short story, "The Truth in Fire," was printed in the anthology Myriad Lands.
What themes do you like to write about? Most of the time I am unaware of the story's theme until it is completed, but when I do look back at them, I find my stories tend to investigate good and evil, how truth can sometimes be in the eye of the beholder, and fears can put us behind cells of our own making.
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? Cormac McCarthy's The Blood Meridian because of the way it finds beauty in ugliness. Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes because of the vigor in each sentence. Frank Herbert's Dune because of the convincing world the reader is invited to explore within its pages. Each of these books has left me in awe and pushed me to become a better writer and storyteller.
Jeffrey currently resides in the suburbs of Massachusetts with his wife and infant son. During the day he is a project manager for a healthcare technology company, but at night he explores other worlds filled with strange creatures and characters by way of the written word. When he isn't writing or spending time with his family, you can find him playing basketball, reading, and thumbing away at a video game or two. Visit him at www.hallwaytoelsewhere.com.