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:

Raksha (Abe's dog), is a medium-sized german shepherd/husky mix. In the picture, she's lying on the floor looking up at the camera. She's got black fur with tan legs and a white belly. She has a vertical white stripe running up the front of her throat to her face. There's black running along the top of her nose, splitting at her eyes, and the blending in with the rest of her black fur. She has light tan "eyebrow" markings, light tan cheeks, and the sides of her muzzle, her chin, and her neck are white and/or light tan. Her ears are black on the backs and edges, and white on the insides, and they stand up like two big triangles on top of her head.  She weighs about 50 pounds, she's about 8 years old, and she's incredibly sweet-tempered and friendly. The fur on her head is surprisingly soft.

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