Danny Stone (1964 - ) was born in Oklahoma City, at the old Mercy Hospital (long before it became a parking lot.) His Father was a computer programmer, and his mother a historian and writer. He grew up in Amarillo, Texas, which is almost dead-center of the Texas Panhandle. His experience includes retail management, office management, and is an expert computer operator. He currently lives by himself in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Amarillo, Texas, which is smack-dab in the middle of the square part of Texas in the upper left-hand part of the state. Because you couldn't drink the water (my mother said you had to dilute the water with tea or coffee to make it drinkable), and the winters were cold and the summers hot, it made me a bit cynical about the world, but also let me appreciate beauty when I saw it.
When did you first start writing?
As a child, I had a vivid imagination. My mother kept some of my writings, but I don't remember most of those stories because the medicines for epilepsy I had to take. I do remember a letter I wrote (well, I dictated and Mom wrote) to my grandmother, showing her I knew how to count. I think Mom finally ended the counting part of it in the early 100,000's. I'm pretty sure she didn't write down every number, because the postage for sending that would have been horrific.