Brian Crowell was born in 1974 in Illinois. Growing up, he lived in Illinois, Texas, Arizona, Kentucky, and Florida. He graduated from Saint Leo University in Florida in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology. Since 2007, he, his wife, and their two boys have lived in Georgia. Brian writes and illustrates children's fiction as BD Crowell. His first children's book, Derrick the Dog, was published in June 2013.
Brian also writes adult horror, suspense, and supernatural fiction under the pen name D Lee Warren. The D Lee Warren books are completely inappropriate for children, but if it says BD Crowell on the cover, it's safe for kids.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read for pleasure across a broad range of genres and subjects. Those I tend to gravitate towards are horror, supernatural, comics, history, and mystery. I'm a big Stephen King fan, although I've been enjoying branching out a bit and reading some J.A. Konrath and Blake Crouch works. I'm also a long-time Anne Rice fan. On the comics front, I like a number of characters, including Calvin & Hobbes, Peanuts, Get Fuzzy, Zits, and Dilbert. I've recently been spending some time with the great detective Sherlock Holmes. I've not read any history books lately, but I have a few on my shelf waiting for me. I think the last "historical" book I read may have been "Write it When I'm Gone" about late President Gerald Ford.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a number of devices, but if I had to pick one, I'd probably go with my trusty old Nook Color. I can dim the screen on it lower than any of my other devices, so it's my reader of choice at bedtime.