I grew up in Ohio, but I’ve lived in West Seattle the past ten years; not far from Puget Sound, with my wife, Rachael.
I began writing speculative fiction professionally in 2008 and now that I’m retired I write full-time.
I’ve sold more than sixty short stories, for publication in various print and online magazines, such as Analog, Lightspeed, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Pod Castle, Flash Fiction Online and Murky Depths, the award-winning but now defunct British fantasy magazine.
My first novel, Lifting Up Veronica, was published in January 2012 by Every Day Novels as an online serial. E-book and print versions are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. My first short-story collection, Snapshots from a Black Hole & Other Oddities, was published in January 2012 by Hydra House Books. It’s available from Hydra House, as well as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
I also recently completed an alternate-history fantasy novel – Seventh-Hour Man. It takes place around the Great Lakes in November 1913 in a world touched by magic and slightly out of line with ours. I like to think of it as Beowulf mixed with Frankenstein, flavored with a dash of Crime & Punishment. I am looking for a publisher now.
I won the 2009 Writers of the Future competition with my short story, Coward’s Steel [click the link to read the story], graduated the Clarion West writers workshop July 2010, and attended Mike Brotherton’s Launch Pad workshop in July 2011 at the University of Wyoming, up near the stars. I have also studied with SFWA Grand Master Jim Gunn. What a treat that was.
I am fanatic about the written word, oral story-telling, corny jokes, blues guitar, open water, lighthouses, sad country songs and all things to do with motion pictures. I am a one-time news reporter, media relations coordinator, property manager, mail carrier, postal supervisor, corrections officer and improvisational comic.
I am a child of Joe and Mandy; sister, parent, friend, lover, wife and human being.
I am, by last count, K.C. 4.0