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My life started on January 1st, 1986. I was the second child born in Madison, Wisconsin that year. My mom has never let me forget that there was no prize for second place.
The colder-than-Pluto winters of my hometown offered ample time to read. My favorites included Asimov's Foundation series, Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy, and the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook, 2nd Edition.
In 2004 I enrolled at the University of Minnesota. A dumpster full of broken calculators and semester in Tokyo later, I graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Japanese.
Fresh out of school and thirsty for adventure, I accepted a contract to teach in South Korea. Three years of Kim Jong-il's threats to plunge Seoul into a sea of flame quenched that thirst. I returned home with only a suitcase full of kimchi and a dream.
That dream was to write.
I holed up in my bedroom and wrote furiously. After aborting my first attempts at a novel, I began work on what would become The Northland Chronicles. Nine months later I released A Stranger North. I've been writing and publishing ever since.
As of 2015 I eat, sleep, and write in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Fresh off his hair-raising encounter with John Osborne, Ramses Brushnell is rushing through the Minnesota wilderness toward Restoration Army HQ to deliver his report to the General. With only his feet to carry him, Ramses progress is painstakingly slow, until one sweltering afternoon he happens upon an isolated farmhouse belonging to a mysterious hermit known as Gerard.
Gunslinger by trade, cyborg by circumstance, John Osborne fearlessly roams the Desolation-ravaged ruins of North America. But with his health rapidly failing, John grows desperate to learn the true nature of the artificial appendage grafted to his shoulder. Running out of time and options, his last hope lies on Mallard Island, a remote isle hidden in the far reaches of the Northwoods.
Nine years ago the Desolation laid waste to humankind, leaving only scattered pockets of civilization in its wake. Now John Osborne drifts through the remains of the North, his only companion the six-shooter at his side.