Debra Doyle was born in Florida and educated in Florida, Texas, Arkansas, and Pennsylvania -- the last at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her doctorate in English literature, concentrating on Old English poetry. While living and studying in Philadelphia, she met and married her collaborator, James D. Macdonald, who was then serving in the U. S. Navy.
Together, they traveled to Virginia, California, and the Republic of Panamá, acquiring various children, cats, and computers along the way.
James D. Macdonald was born in White Plains, New York in 1954, and raised in Bedford, New York, the son of a chemical engineer and an artist. His last significant formal education took place at Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, though he passed through the University of Rochester where he learned that a degree in Medieval Studies wouldn't fit him for anything. He went off to sea "to forget," though he's forgotten exactly what. As an enlisted Boatswain's Mate in the Navy, and later as an officer, he saw the world, and discovered that three quarters of it was water. Some time later, tired of the adventure, he decided to get a job.
As the famous Yog Sysop, Macdonald ran the
Science Fiction and Fantasy RoundTable on GEnie for two
to '93). He's since moved on to being Yog Sysop at SFF Net. Doyle and Macdonald
live -- still with various children, cats, and
computers -- in a big
19th-Century house in Colebrook,
New Hampshire, where they
learned to drink Moxie and
in writing science fiction and fantasy for children, teenagers,
When they aren't writing, they coach and judge Destination Imagination teams for their local school, work with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, and other neat stuff. Macdonald is a Wilderness EMT-Intermediate with the local volunteer ambulance corps, and is studying to become a paramedic.
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