When I was a child, I wanted to grow up to be Gerald Durrell, but at the time, I didn’t think of him as a writer. It was his passion for nature that spoke to me. I spent a lot of time in the woods, growing up in New Hampshire, and then focused on ecology at Earlham College. During my semester abroad in 2006, I wrote the short story that became my first novel in a tent on a cold, rainy evening halfway up Mount Kilimanjaro. It wasn’t until two years later that I actually decided to become a writer.
Learning a craft takes time, so now, four years after that, I’m finally about to publish Exits and Entrances – the first of what I hope to be many novels. The exact date hasn’t been determined, but it’s coming out in the beginning of 2015.
At the moment, I write mainly fantasy and science fiction, with a handful of novels and short stories in the works. I also create educational materials centered around climate science, and that work has inspired a lot of my science fiction, including my first published short story: “Sun, Moon, and Stars“.
As for the rest, summarizing a life, with lovers and friends, good food and beer, good times, bad times, pastimes… well, I’m not writing my autobiography yet, so in the meantime, here’s a picture of my dog, Raksha:Follow @abedrayton