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.