Call me K.C.
That’s not the name on my birth certificate or passport, but it’s close enough to where I am in life these days. I grew up in a small town in Ohio and have nested other places over the years, but these days I call the Pacific Northwest home.
Rachael and I recently bought a house in Federal Way, thirty minutes south of Seattle, after living in West Seattle since 2007. Our move west was a three-day, non-stop leap of faith. No jobs. No place to live. Even so, when we arrived, we felt we had come home.
I began writing speculative fiction professionally not long after that.
So far, Sixty-five of my short stories have been published. Two have been prize winners. Coward’s Steel won the 2009 Hubbard Writers of the Future Award and I won the 2012 Older Writer award from the Speculative Literature Foundation with Snapshots I Brought Back from the Black Hole.
Two other stories – both published in Analog – have made it to the honorable mention lists of Gardner Dozois’ annual The Year’s Best Science Fiction – A Quiet Little Town in Northern Minnesota in Issue 31 and The Moon Belongs to Everyone in Issue 30.
I am a 2010 graduate of the Clarion West writers workshop, attended Mike Brotherton’s Launch Pad workshop in July 2011 at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and studied with SFWA Grand Master James Gunn at the University of Kansas, summer 2009.
I’m retired now and write full-time. My work has appeared in various print and online magazines, including Analog, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Daily Science Fiction, Escape Pod, Flash Fiction Online, Lightspeed, Pod Castle, and Murky Depths, the award-winning but now defunct British fantasy magazine. Other stories have appeared in anthologies. The most recent are Little Green Men – Attack! from Baen Books and Brave Boy World from Pink Narcissus Press.
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, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. My first novel, Lifting Up Veronica, also was published in January 2012 by Every Day Novels as an online serial. E-book and print versions are now available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
I recently completed an alternate-history fantasy novel – Seventh-Hour Man. It takes place around the Great Lakes in November 1913 in a world slightly out of line with ours and touched by magic. I like to think of it as Beowulf mixed with Frankenstein, and flavored with a dash of Crime & Punishment. I hope to see it find a home soon, too.
I am a fanatic about the written word, oral story-telling, corny jokes, blues guitar [Rachael is a picker], big 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.
And, finally, I am a child of Joe and Mandy; sister, parent, friend, lover, wife and evolving human being.
By last count, I am K.C. 5.0.