There are some things that I've been asked so often now that I've set up this new page, and will be adding to it from time to time. Hopefully you'll find the answers to your question(s) here.
 

 

Let's get the #1 question these days out of the way first, shall we?  Here goes:

When is Bard's Oath coming out?
I'm sorry to say that I have no idea. With all that's been going on, I haven't had much time to write. But I am plugging along, so please be patient.  If I could only quit my day job, it would be so much easier...
 

 
Can you give me any biographical information?
How's this? I was born in 1953 in the borough of Manhattan in New York City. I was there for a very short time, though, as my parents soon returned to their home in Stamford, CT. I've lived most of my life since then in one town or another in Connecticut.

I've held a variety of jobs from working in factories (no fun) to painting comic books back in the days when the color separating was done by hand (also no fun, but did I ever get some great double-takes when asked "So, what do you do for a living?") to a couple of years in a second job as an assistant goatherd on a dairy goat farm (fun). For the past twenty years or so I've worked in libraries--just can't get away from books!

My ambition is to make enough money from my books that I can quit my day job and write full time.
 

 
So why do you write?  You're not making a living out of it, it eats a lot of free time--why write?
Because my characters will drive me nuts if I don't. I'm not joking, either. When the stories are there, they want 'em told.

But beyond what the characters want, I write to entertain. When I was a kid, reading was my escape from the world around me. Like many people who are into fantasy and science fiction, I didn't fit in well with other children; I liked to read for fun (gasp!), and the stuff I liked wasn't "cool"--at least not then. It wasn't until I hit seventh grade that I found kindred spirits--and then we moved. Luckily, I found another bunch the first day of school in my new town.

To this day reading is still an escape for me. It's something I want to give to other people, too--I can't pay back all those authors who helped me get through the years, so I'm paying forward. I'm not the one who's going to write the Great American Fantasy Novel; I just want to make people forget where they are for a brief time, to take them somewhere magical, and let them have some fun at the same time.
 

 
The truedragons use only "thee" instead of "thee" and "thou." Isn't that wrong?
If they were in an Elizabethan court, you betcha it would be wrong. But according to the online OED (Oxford English Dictionary for the uninitiated, and THE authority on the English language, imho), "thee," when used as a dialect (emphasis mine), is correct.

I wanted the truedragons to have different "voice" from the humans in the books, something a bit more archaic. But I didn't want them sounding as if they'd escaped from the cast of a Shakespeare play. When I did some research and saw that bit about "thee" as a dialect, I knew I had my answer.

I've also been told that the way the dragons use "thee" in the books is the same way the Quakers use it. 
 

 
I can't find a copy of Ultimate Dragon, but I want to read the story of how Linden and Otter met.
Step right this way, folks--it's now in print as a booklet and you can buy it right here.
 

 

And here's a question no one's asked yet, but I'm sure some people will be wondering  about this...

 
Hey--where's Wooga?
If you found these pages before December of 2002, you might remember seeing this guy at the bottom of a lot of the pages within this website:

Cute as the dickens, isn't he?  That's Wooga, a creation of my friend Dee Dreslough.  While Wooga appears in a couple of other places in these pages, his main job was as an e-mail icon.

Unfortunately, I had to delete the e-mail contact.  I was getting more than I could answer within a decent amount of time, and so much that if I answered it all, I wouldn't have any time left for writing between the job, 2 hours of commuting time a day, and all the chores and work of keeping even a small farm going.  We're not even going to discuss the renovating this place needs!

And before you ask, no, I can't answer stuff from work.  I did a few times by taking my lunch time to do it, but my breaks and lunch are some of my best writing times--there's not much else to interfere!  (Unlike at home where there's always something that needs fixing.)

I'll try to answer all the letters that I already have--at least the ones that didn't get lost when an old laptop crashed; thank all the gods that I had a floppy disk of the writing at least.

Hopefully I'll be able to bring Wooga back someday.

 



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A website that no longer seems to be in existence.