I've been writing since I was a boy in Flatbrookville, New Jersey, a town of, perhaps, 400 people that no longer exists. I've read all my life, a lot of science fiction, but not exclusively. I loved (still love) Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradburry. Orson Scott Card. I became very annoyed by Heinlein.
I devoured Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide books.
Reading Samuel Delany's Dhalgren taught me that you can write surrealism.
Not entirely a geek, I also read Shakespear, Christopher Fry, Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, among other dramatists.
My father Rowell Hoff is a (brilliant) poet and from him I learned a love of words. He's sort of dry. I get my boisterous energy from my mother, who was Italian and a bohemian.
Moved to Spokane, Washington when I was 13, and Los Angeles when I was 23. I'm still there.
I've published one novel, a satirical soap opera called Weeping Willow: Welcome to River Bend, and co-write the popular web series Poor Paul. I love movies more than an adult person should.