I was born in a small Central Texas town in ’60 and drifted around a lot after my first marriage. I’m currently on my third marriage (10+ years and counting!). I have a daughter (born in ’81) from my first marriage. I’m a happy househusband who writes dang near anything, rides herd on the dawgs and tries not to go crazy due to the state of my country.
You could say I’m extremely left-wing liberal (except where I’m not), anti-organized religion (except where I’m not), yellow-dawg Democrat (except where I’m not), Proud Texan (except where I’m not), member of the ACLU & Amnesty International. Anti-Death Penalty and Pro-Punishment, Pro-Choice, in favor of the legalization of marijuana and a firm believer in the Constitution of the United States of America… as it’s written, not as it’s sometimes interpreted.
As you might guess, I’m also more than a little weird.
I discovered my love of writing at a young age, wrote a story for my high school newspaper that won an Interscholastic League Press Conference Award. Then after high school (and a year in college as a theology/philosphy major) moved from the small town that had spawned me (and the other small town I’d gone to college in) to Dallas, Texas, where I wrote (and even worse, read aloud) a lot of really angsty free-form prose/poetry garbage, most of which I’m heartily ashamed of. Produced a lot of venom-filled rants, only some of which I’m ashamed of.
And then I quit writing for somewhere between ten and fifteen years (dates are kind of hazy as this was a very unsettled time in my life and I was doing a lot of drugs). I was convinced that the only reason anyone ever said I had talent was out of pity or out of bias as friends of mine. Then in early 2005, I was corresponding with an erotica author whose work I admired and she encouraged me to give it a try, selling me with the line “All you need to write erotica is a fantasy… everyone has a fantasy.”
Sure enough, found out I was pretty good at it, although as time has gone on the erotic content of my work has shrunk. I’m slowly but surely writing my way out of the Erotica Ghetto (because it seems that we’re at the bottom of the literary barrel, no matter how many people actually read the stuff) and am working hard to get a career going in science-fiction, fantasy and paranormal fiction.