I am an unpublished author. Now, some might say that there is no such thing — the word author implies at least some level of publication. There you go. I have been writing stories as long as I can remember. The first story I remember, I dictated to my
sister because I couldn’t yet write. It was called World War III, and it featured a spy ending the war by frightening the generals. (In my youth, much of our education revolved around the aftermath of WWII, and we hadn’t yet got to the paranoia of
the 70s.) My most loved work-in-progress has been so for about thirty years, and I hope to complete it sometime soon after I publish Eris. My daughter (the precocious Kimia Wood) is finally
prevailing upon me to make good on my potential and get my work out to the public. Oh, I spent my early childhood and my early adolescence in central Africa, and various other years in urban Chicago and rural Wisconsin. Perhaps my favorite place in
the world is the Swiss Alps (francophone), but I also love the countryside of England and Wales. I live in a thorny, weedy farm in the midwest where I try to shrink my belly by whacking the weeds with an Austrian-pattern scythe. I also fix
computers and provide computer training to people. I enjoy stories, and story-telling. J.R.R. Tolkien is my master, but E. Nesbit, G.K. Chesterton, and others have definitely had their influence, as well. I was initially prompted to write professionally
(which I have so far failed to succeed at) by reading the delightfully imagined and terribly written and edited Chronicles of Amber, by Zelazney. Ursula LeGuin or Isaac Asimov may be my favorite American authors, while Terry Pratchett and
Douglas Adams are more recent English additions to my influences. C.J. Cherryh is my most painful favorite author to read, although there was a time when I read the Thieves’ World stories, which were even more so. As you can see, my tastes are somewhat
erratic, and if/when I start to finally publish my stories, you will see that I genre-hop a bit. If you’ve read this far, I guess you like my rambling, discursive style, so perhaps we’ll be a good fit.
I suppose I should update this now! I am no longer an unpublished author! My first published novel, Eris, is now available. You can check it out at the link at the top of the page.