I have had over a hundred stories published in various magazines and anthologies including in Boys' Life, Cricket, Interzone and Asimov's science Fiction. My first novel 'Space Cowboy,' is due out this spring from Usborne books
I am a full time rancher, part time snow-plow driver, sometime musician, and in my spare time, I write. Kid's stories, westerns, fantasy, I'll try my hand at anything. But my favorite is science fiction.
So, how does a Montana cowboy wind up writing science fiction? Well, that's a long story. My first writing came about almost by accident. As an original member of the Crazy Coyote Players, the notorious local theater troupe, the task of tacking new endings onto old plays somehow landed in my lap. Before long, in an attempt to save on royalties, my brother Matthew Stanchfield and I were turning out each seasons rather dubious offerings. To date, I have written or co-written ten plays. (If you know of a school or other non-profit group which would like to stage one of these three-act comedies at no cost, I would be happy to send a sample script.)
I began seriously writing fiction in 1995. After several years of rejection slips I enrolled in a correspondence course taught by children's writer Mary C. Ryan. On her advice I submitted one of my class projects, and to my surprise, it was purchased by Boys' Life. I have since written three more for them, plus SF stories in Cricket and Jack and Jill. I've also had non-fiction published in Flight Training Magazine. (I'm a private pilot. Flying is my favorite bad habit.) On-line, my fiction has appeared in The Outer Rim, Dark Planet, and Anotherealm.
I have written one novel, a Young Adult science fiction adventure currently looking for a home, and am at work on my second. Recently, I became a member of SFWA. I live in south-west Montana on our family's cattle ranch with my wife, Connie, daughter, Shealan, son Colter, and the usual menagerie of dogs, cats, rabbits and a pair of wayward llamas.
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Stanchfield Cattle Co.
Wise River, Montana 59762