photo by Rudy Lopez

I’m a fiction writer, screenwriter, essayist, editor, and corporate learning and development consultant. This is what we like to call a portfolio career.

My novel Solitaire was originally published by HarperCollins/Eos, and reissued by Small Beer Press. Solitaire is a New York Times Notable Book and a Borders Books Original Voices selection, and was a finalist for the Nebula, Spectrum and Endeavour awards.

My fiction has appeared in magazines and anthologies in the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan. “Alien Jane” won the Astraea Award, and stories have been finalists for the Nebula and James Tiptree awards. My story “Alien Jane” was adapted for television. My collection Dangerous Space is published by Aqueduct Press.

I co-wrote the screenplay for the indie film OtherLife (based on Solitaire). OtherLife released in 2017 and screened at international film festivals in Australia, Europe and the US before finding a home on Netflix (streaming through 2020).

I’m a contributing writer and former staff writer for @U2, the world’s most popular U2 fan website.

I attended the Clarion Writers’ Workshop in Michigan in 1988, where I met my wife, novelist Nicola Griffith. We own Sterling Editing, providing editing services to an international roster of established and emerging writers. I served as board member of the Clarion West Writers Workshop for five years, three of those as board chair.

photo by Jennifer Durham

I have a BA in theatre performance. I’ve hosted a syndicated radio program, crewed on 100+ live television sports and entertainment broadcasts, washed dishes, delivered flowers, built stage sets, and performed guerrilla theatre in a bikers’ bar. My corporate career includes building and managing training programs, delivering training, and managing strategic projects and planning for companies including Moz and Wizards of the Coast. I wrote A Leader’s Manifesto and created the Humans At Work program to help make managers better.

I like food, drink, and good conversation. I like music and books and movies. I like to dance. I like a good story. I look for joy.

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