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Orange is the new Tammy.

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The words incorrigible verbarian have described me since I won my first writing contest in the second grade. As an ex-paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division (which happened quite some time later, I should add), I tend to write stories that are as gritty as a grunt’s pile of three-week-old field gear. Coincidentally, my debut novel falls into the military science fiction genre. Contract of Defiance is the first book in the Spectras Arise Trilogy and was released to acclaim in Spring 2012. Contract of Betrayal, the trilogy’s second book, came out in February 2013, and the third novel, Contract of War, in July 2014. A few of my short stories are published in small horror and literary magazines. When not hunched like a Morlock over my writing desk, I also hunch over my editing desk (same desk, actually) as a freelance editor at Inspired Ink Editing.

Thirteen maybe-surprising-but-probably-not facts about me.

  1. The first live rock concert I ever saw was the Grateful Dead. The second was L7. I liked L7 WAAAAAYYYYY better.
  2. I am red-green colorblind, so please don’t fault my wardrobe choices.
  3. I make a mean chocolate fleur-de-sel truffle.
  4. Give me a minute to come up with another one. I’m enjoying this wicked awesome truffle.
  5. I’m a beer snob (but aren’t we all?).
  6. I love single-malt scotch.
  7. The longest distance I’ve ever run is 17.5 miles. It took me 2.5 hours, which turned out to be the perfect amount of time to compose a zombie short story in my head. Then I jumped into a bathtub full of ice.
  8. I often feel compelled to correct people who refer to a mixed group as “you guys.” Thus I am very used to getting strange looks.
  9. I collect art that is permanently affixed to my epidermis.
  10. The longest distance I’ve ever fallen is 13,000 feet (give or take a few feet). Fortunately, I had a parachute and the will to use it.
  11. I’m extremely afraid of things that live in water (almost without exception), but I love kayaking. Cognitive dissonance can be a comforting life strategy.
  12. When I was six, I decided I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.
  13. If I had to spend ten years at sea with no outside communication, I’d probably be content if I had the entire collections of Tom Waits’s music and Stephen King’s writing.

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