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Iconoclastic troublemaker of the best kind.


Background Information

Words have facinated me for most of my life. At first I gave expression to that as an actor, interpeting the words of other writers, but that didn't satisfy the itch, and near the end of my ten years in theatre I started wrting for the stage.


I then tried my hand at poetry and produced a sufficent number of poems for a couple of small books. But after that I decided to move on to prose because my real desire was to tell stories. Although the artistic influences in my life range from American poet e.e. cummings to Irish novelist James Joyce and all in sundry gathered in between, where I feel most comfortable writing is in the realm of fantasy. I figure if I'm going to make something up, I might as well go all out.


Ironically my two published works are non-fiction, which is perhaps understandable since I've spent the last seven years writing critiques of music, books and films for Blogcritics and my own site. Although there have been a few short fiction pieces, mostly political or social satire, predominatly I have taken to writing about other people's work, or examing the foibles of an everincreasingly bizzare world.


I have a full length fantasy novel looking for a publisher, and have self published a few works through Lulu.com including a couple of collections of poetry, a collection of some of the more interesting interviews I've conducted over the years with novelists and musicians and other sundry short and not so short pieces.Ulysses Press commissioned my two published works, both commentaries/companions to another author's work. "What Will Happen In Eragon IV? and The Unofficial Companion to The Heroes Of Olympus were about Christopher Paolini's Inheritance Cycle and Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson sequences respectively.


Accomplishments

Aside from the above mentioned books I've been writing on a freelance basis for the web Magazine Qantara.de for a few years now and continue to be a regular contributor to Blogcritics.org. My first published work was a feature length article in the German edition of Rolling Stone Magazine (It ended up being a special section built around an extensive interview I conducted with the late American pop singer Willy DeVille) I was also commissioned by Eagle Rock Entertainment to write the line notes for their DVD release of "Willy DeVille Live At The Montreux Festival '94"

Additional Information

I continue to write reviews for Blogcritics.org and my own site Leap In The Dark while plugging away at my own projects when time allows. I'm not sure what's next, but my agent and I have entered into discussions with Ulysses Press about a new book, so we will what happens there. While Epic India Magazine finally died a slow death through lack of interested contributors I still like to keep my hand in with editing and assist my poet wife with her writing. I've also been honing my skills by attending a once a month open mic. poetry reading where I read anything I've managed to write.

Favorite Links

Leap In The Dark
This is the home page of my blog and will feature my most recent post as well as offering links to previous posts, seven years of archives (over 1800 articles) sites of interest and a couple of special interest pages I've created (Willie DeVille, Viggo Mortensen, and Blues)

Leap In the Dark Storefront
This is my store front at Lulu.com where I publish all of my print on demand publications. You will find an overview of my writing philosophy there and listings of everything that I have for sale.

Qantara.de
This is a multilingual web magazine based out of Germany with contributors from around the world. Qantara is the Arabic word for bridge and the site is designed to serve as a bridge between the West and the Islamic world by offering articles which give a different perspective on that world than the one normally seen in the press. I publish an average of two to three articles a year with them which are translated into German, Turkish, Arabic, Urdu and Indonesian.

Blogcritics.org
I'm currently contributor to this site and have been publishing articles here since 2005. I work at finding the stories that might not be coverd otherwise, and the book or music that might have avoided notice. I've published over 1800 reviews, interviews and opinion articles with at this site.






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