|This is me, with photos of myself at 16, |
my grandmother at 22 in 1898, and
my mother at approximately 28
I'm a retired librarian who worked in academic libraries as a cataloger and I live in Colorado Springs, CO. Besides my MLS, I have a BA and an MA in English, and some work toward a Ph.D. As a child, I was always making up imaginary worlds , but I didn't start writing fantasy until I read "Lord of the Rings" in 1969 and discovered that even serious scholars like J.R.R. Tolkien can continue to create such worlds far into their adult lives. I never was successful in getting published in those early days, however, and then family considerations forced me to take a hiatus from writing from 1983 until 2000. Since then, I've written a novella and several novels, and have begun to self-publish since I doubt that I can live long enough to go the old-fashioned route!
My interests include almost anything literary, scientific, or speculative -- science fiction and fantasy, mythology, language (I write conlangs for my books), poetry, cosmology, astrophysics, anthropology, archaeology, entomology, ornithology ...
Philosophically, I call myself a spiritual humanist.
Among my favorite authors are Ursula K. LeGuin, Tolkien (of course), Evangeline Walton, and many poets such as Robert Graves and Dylan Thomas.
Here's a drawing of one of my favorite creations. Meet Ki'shto'ba Huge-Head!