|Began writing at the age of 11; first short story at 14 and first novel at 16. Studied journalism, among other things, in high school in Denton, TX, graduating in 1979.|
Moved to the nation's capital, Austin, intending to continue journalism studies at the University of Texas while writing on the side, but neither a semester at the university nor a year with the Austin American-Statesman proved agreeable.
After leaving the newspaper in 1980, was hired by game designer and publisher Steve Jackson as circulation manager for Space Gamer magazine; over the next two years, became assistant editor and then editor of the magazine. Also began designing game supplements on a freelance basis, for Steve Jackson Games and then for Hero Games. In 1983, shortly after Space Gamer won the H.G. Wells Award for Best Role-Playing Magazine of 1982, went freelance full-time as a game designer, doing mostly work for Hero Games and Dungeons & Dragons publisher TSR.
First novel, Web of Danger, game-based fiction supporting the Top Secret/S.I. game line, was released by TSR in 1988. In 1993, Baen Books published second novel, the original fantasy Galatea in 2-D. Subsequently, gradually moved from game design to full-time fiction writing.
Unmarried. Enjoys reading, movies, ping-pong, and avoiding the rays of the accursed sun.
A long-time game writer, he has also written a number of RPG supplements, including The Complete Fighter's Handbook, Ninja Hero and Strike Force.
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