I was born in Torrance, California in 1968. As a young child, I moved around the United States. I ended up in Utah in 1980 and have been here ever since. At approximately age 11, I became interested in Science Fiction and Fantasy. I've always read very well and I devoured anything I could get my hands on. My fifth grade teacher introduced me to The Hobbit and the rest is history. At about age thirteen I began thinking about writing. Roleplaying games distracted me from writing for about five years after that, but they helped to prepare me to write in later years. I learned about story, pacing, and validation. I learned something about characterization as well. When I turned eighteen and graduated from high school, I played even more. At age 19 I began to write short stories. I finished three in the pulp genre, something I had become interested in just a few months before.
When I left home, I was given a computer and the first three years of my college education by a friend who enjoyed science fiction. She wanted me to write and as much as my mother, Marion has been responsible for me becoming a writer.
Shortly after I started writing SF and Fantasy, I won an honorable mention in a short fiction contest through Conduit 1, the first of Salt Lake's annual convention, now in its seventh year. Part of the prize was a free membership in a writing organization, and I was introduced to a local writers' group. In the years since that day, I have come to appreciate the help that such a group, composed of like-minded individuals, can provide. I no longer attend that first group, but some of its members have moved on and we have formed our current group, Callihoo.
Callihoo is now just slightly over three years old. In its first year, Callihoo saw two of its members join SFWA, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. I was the first of them, Brook West followed a couple months later. A year after that, Julia West, one of our founding members, won first place in her quarter of Writers of the Future. Both Brook and Julia West became full members of SFWA within the past year. In June of 1995, Julia won the 1994 Grand Prize for Writers of the Future for her story, Sea of Chaos. In March of 1996, another of our number sold a story.
My work has appeared in Galaxy Magazine, and Galaxy Audio Project. For those who have been around awhile, Forrest J. Ackerman's 365 Science Fiction Short Short Stories has been cancelled, so I won't be appearing in it after all. I'm currently at work on numerous urban fantasy short stories, a couple novels, and anything else that comes to mind. Keep an eye on this page for further information if you are interested.
What is Westbrook Manor you ask? Its full name is: Westbrook Manor Home For Orphaned Writers. Basically, it is the mini writers colony we've got going on in the house here. Click on the button at the bottom of this page if you are interested in seeing more.
Besides writing, I am a student at the University of Utah. I'm seeking a degree in History, specializing in Medieval History. I have the good fortune of being able to work under a couple excellent professors, Dr. Glenn Olsen and Dr. Isabel Moreira.
I started at the University of Utah as a German major. I have spent nine years studying the language and another six years with French. After burning out on German four years ago, I shifted my major to History. I expect to finish my degree sometime next year. I'll be using what I learned in my writing. Graduate studies may follow, but I am going to take a break from school for awhile. This is my tenth year at the University and I want a break.
You've seen some of my interests above. Others include music (especially Mannheim Steamroller, Bagpipe and Drum, and Celtic), theatre, computers (of course), games (many types, from role-playing to card games to Backgammon and Chess). I'm a fan of the vampire show, Forever Knight, though I have no interest in other vampire books or shows. I very much enjoy Babylon 5. I find it to be some of the best science fiction I have ever seen. The creator, Joseph Michael Straczynski, has done a wonderful job with it. Unlike Star Trek, the science is much more believable, the plots generally more gripping, and the effects are wonderful. If you haven't seen it lately, take a look.
For now, this is the extent of my personal information. If you have any interests that coincide with mine, you are welcome to drop me a line. Click the button below to send me e-mail. If your browser doesn't support mailto lines, my e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm happy to discuss writing, games, history, any number of things.