Having grown up in Long Beach, California, I spent a decade in Seattle and currently live in England, originally in Kent and now in Yorkshire. I have 28 years of experience in computer graphics programming and website design and 21 years of experience writing about coffee and beer.
I have contributed articles to local CAMRA publications, Tramlines, and SmellTheCoffee.Com. I have also written music reviews and blurbs for tourist attractions. I have appeared on local radio as Sheffield's resident American coffee aficionado. Among my many jobs I have worked on a research project on the Sheffield Flood of 1864. I have also been a digital photographer of antiques and of tourist attractions. I currently work in a university library.
Besides writing I also play piano and keyboards, I cartoon a bit, and I'm pretty good at table tennis. I have a degree in Radio, TV, and Film Production with a minor in Music Composition and a diploma in Computer Programming, and I can speak a bit of Spanish, French, and Russian. And, of course, I am fluent in British, American, and Yorkshire English.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Hat Club was inspired by my interest in both the potential of 3D printing and the often scary possibilities suggested by the Internet of Things. The main settings and characters were inspired by my own experiences, first as a programmer working for a large aerospace corporation in Los Angeles and more recently as a resident of the city of Sheffield. As the world is becoming a more and more depressing place, I try to incorporate satire, escape, and new possibilities in my fiction, which I hope I've done in The Hat Club.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing as soon as I could read, which was at the age of 4. My initial efforts were all works of fiction, mostly short stories about cats, although there was one longer feline saga that I worked on for a few weeks. Needless to say I've branched out a bit.
The Evolvit Smart 3D Printer/Scanner/Copier can scan and print 3-dimensional objects in a variety of materials including food and human cells, storing the resulting files on the AtomCloud. But what happens when three employees try scanning a drawing of a 4-dimensional object? The worldwide network of Evolvits start to take their revenge in unexpected ways.
It’s another tropical morning in Illinois. Australia lies under glacial floodwaters, the computer work force is predominantly canine, and the nation’s first simian President has just been assassinated. So what does any of this have to do with the disheveled man Alex Martell finds sleeping under his lilac bush? Quite a bit, it seems.
This book is a practical guide for American Anglophiles who want to spend some time in Britain understanding the natives while not provoking gales of laughter and abuse in the process. The goal is to give the reader a basic working knowledge of British language and customs from an American point of view.