I am a science fiction and fantasy writer living in St. Paul, Minnesota. Ten random facts about me:
1. At various points during my life I have played the piano, the guitar, and the violin, although I will not claim to have ever played any of them well.
2. I’ve been online since approximately the stone age; I dialed up to post on local BBS’s in 1990, when I was in high school, and I used a dial-up chat line called the Beeline.
3. I first submitted a story to an editor when I was 15. It was a fantasy story, I submitted it to Marion Zimmer Bradley for one of the Sword and Sorceress anthologies, and she rejected it.
4. I read copious quantities of non-fiction. One of my favorite sorts of book is what I call the “occupational memoir,” where someone with an unusual or interesting job tells me all about what it’s like to work as a tax auditor / emergency room nurse / Hollywood chicken wrangler / whatever.
5. I’ve lived abroad twice. When I was 13, my family spent a year living in London, and I attended school there. (My parents are academics, and my father was on a research sabbatical.) When I was a junior in college, I spent a semester in a study-abroad program in Nepal. I highly recommend spending a semester (or more) abroad; it’s incredibly educational.
6. I have never dieted.
7. I blog about Minneapolis elections, particularly down-ticket races that you probably didn’t know were going to be on the ballot until you walked in to vote, like Soil & Water Commissioner. I’ve been disconcerted a few times recently to be recognized not for my SF/F writing but for my political blogging.
8. Then again, I was a huge fan of political columns from a young age. We got the Chicago Tribune when I was a kid (growing up in Madison) and I obsessively read Mike Royko, Bob Greene, and Anna Quindlen. It’s probably just as well I didn’t go into journalism, though, considering what happened to the papers.
9. I still get a daily paper. (The Star Tribune.) I am not sure I know anyone else my age who does, but I like reading it while I eat breakfast, and so do my daughters.
10. I make my own pie crust, and excellent pie.