About the Author

I was born in south-western Michigan, a long time ago. I began writing when I discovered an old portable typewriter in our back closet, a large, dark place full of stuff. The typewriter ribbon still had ink in it. I wrote some teeny-tiny stories, maybe less than two hundred words, which I still have somewhere. It took longer to find the keys for a sentence than it would have taken to write the story longhand.

I was a junior and senior in high school in Tucson, Arizona, and graduated from Pomona College, in Claremont, California. I moved back home for a year, returned to Claremont, and met Diane. We married in 1972, and moved to North Carolina, where I began my career as a full time writer, while she pursued a PhD in mathematical statistics. In 1986, I became a full time father, writing when I could for a while, but eventually giving up writing altogether for about three years. It was easier when Darcy started play-group and school. In 2003, I became a full time writer again, when Darcy went off to college, also at Pomona.

I have traditionally published nine novels  (six of which have been re-issued by ReAnimus Press), several short stories (mostly for the Elf Quest anthologies), five non-fiction books on computers (I'm completely self-taught, and it probably shows), and a number of articles, columns, reviews, and so forth, also concerning computers (written in language even he can understand).

Under my own imprint, Ogden House, he has published Stroad’s Cross; Sturgis; Dead Hand; Slaves of War; Freefoot (my collected stories for Blood of Ten Chiefs); A Closet for a Dragon and Other Early Tales; and Cat Tales, Reminiscences.

My epic heroic fantasy, The Black Ring (2,800 pages, 837,000 words) will be published by Double Dragon Press. It is due out, all six volumes sequentially, in the summer of 2018

Currently I am working on a pseudo-Lovecraftian novel; a pseudo-steampunk faerie story; a collection of original stories about the very far future; and have other projects in hand.

I have been running my version of a writers’ workshop at various conventions for more than thirty years, and have had some success, since several people have not only finished but sold stories they started in the workshop, and a couple have even won awards. I also run a plotting workshop, which is an interactive lecture, which  is a lot of fun, and which people have found helpful.

I am a member of SFWA.

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