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I am a proud husband, father, and author of over 70 comic books, novels, graphic novels, nonfiction works, and audio dramas.
I have has been writing professionally since 1987 and my credits include nonfiction works such as The Clive Cussler Adventures: A Critical Review and Comics Writing: Communicating with Comic Books, as well as fiction novels King of Harlem, Bushwhackers, and Talismen: The Knightmare Knife with Barb Jacobs, just to name a few. My comics work includes the graphic novels Curious Cases of Sherlock Holmes with Gary Reed, two volumes of Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Dracula (the first faithful full adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel in any medium), Re-Animator, and the original comic book series Nightlinger and Street Heroes. My audio dramas have been produced by Jim French Production and broadcast internationally on Imagination Theater.
I have taught courses in comics writing and enjoy editing and mentoring emerging writers. A member of the International Thriller Writers and a graduate of the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Religion and Journalism, I was accepted into Iowa’s Writer’s Workshop M.F.A. Program. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, I have spent most of my life in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. My fiction has been represented by Creative Artists Agency, International Creative Management, and the William Morris Agency.
In His Own words…
“American by birth, Husker by the grace of God”
I was born in Lincoln, Nebraska in 1960. I’m OLD, ain’t I?
“How ‘bout them Hawks”
I have lived most of my life in Iowa and am a graduate of the University of Iowa, where I earned my B.A. in journalism and religion. I was also accepted into Iowa’s prestigious Writer’s Workshop Master of Fine Arts Program … so there.
I was a token Brit-Swede growing up in an ethnic neighborhood of Cedar Rapids called Czech Village.
“Wait for the red light”
I was named captain of Hayes Elementary’s Safety Patrol in sixth grade. It has all been downhill ever since.
“I know what I want to be when I grow up”
I wrote my first novel, Caper, in 1976 on a dare from my best friend, Wayne Amsler, that I could not write a better novel than Robert Sheckley’s The Game of X. I later followed up with a sequel, Sabre-Dance, in 1977, and then a two-volume anthology, Break of Night, which included a full-length novel featuring Vanguard, in 1980.
“Hey, kid! Wanna buy a comic?”
I started collecting comic books at age fifteen and began trying to break into the comics industry as a writer when I was eighteen. I finally sold my first comics series, Street Heroes 2005, in 1987 to Malibu Graphics.
“Behind every good man…”
I married my wife in 1990.
“Where did you come from, eh?”
My daughter was born in 1994. She largely inspired the characters of Henrietta Hex from Henrietta Hex: Shadows from the Past and Cardy Wagner from Wizard Academies: The House with the Witch’s Haton.
“Isn’t he done yet?”
I’m a long-time fan of the Denver Broncos and Chicago Cubs. My favorite NFL players are John Elway and Kurt Warner, and my favorite baseball player is Andre Dawson. I also love Texas Hold’em tournaments.