I started writing when I was in 2nd grade. My first classic was Mr Mooney Goes to the Moon. It was followed by Mr Mooney Goes to Mars and Mr Mooney Goes to North Dakota. True story. The manuscripts were lost when my family moved from one side of the state of Montana to the other. I lived in Kalispell, Montana until graduating from high school.
I attended Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and received my BA in Education. Some may know that originally I was a music teacher, and more specifically, a high school band director. I was also teaching English and Language Arts classes to fill up my day, and eventually I made the switch to full-time English. I’ve only taught in Washington State: Three years at Lake Quinault School on the Olympic Peninsula, thirteen years at Evergreen High School in White Center, and, after receiving my Masters in Education in 2000, thirteen years at Auburn Riverside High School in Auburn, where I still work, teaching AP Literature, Creative Writing, Science Fiction, Honors 10 Lit, and Journalism. I’m the adviser for the school’s newspaper, InFlight, and also for the literary magazine, Smudges.
In 1986 I attended the Clarion West writers workshop, and sold stories a few years after. In 1995 I began Talebones magazine, and in 2000 started Fairwood Press, a small SF book press. Talebones ended in 2009 so I could devote more time to writing, and later that year I finished my first novel, The Ultra Thin Man. It sold to Tor in June 2012 and debuted in 2014. The Ultra Big Sleep, the direct sequel will debut summer of 2016.
I have sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Northwest Writers, Figment, and others. In 2007 I started the Rainforest Writers Village retreat, which is held every spring at the Rain Forest Resort Village at Lake Quinault, WA.
My son Orion was born in 2002. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was in 1st grade. He loves reading and video games, his favorites being the Myst series and Minecraft. He’ll be in 8th grade this fall, attending middle school in Auburn.
I’ve lived in Bonney Lake, WA since 2007.