I was born in Poland, but my parents moved here while I was still a baby. I grew up in Lakewood, went to Kendrick Lakes Elementary and Green Mountain High School, and I lived there right up until I went off to college. I didn’t go too …
I was born in Poland, but my parents moved here while I was still a baby. I grew up in Lakewood, went to Kendrick Lakes Elementary and Green Mountain High School, and I lived there right up until I went off to college. I didn’t go too far though, heading all the way up to the University of Colorado at Boulder.
I lived in Denver Tech Center for about a decade, doing accounting work. I’ll probably get back into that soon, but for the time I’m writing and living in Lakewood again. Coming home was nice.
Getting into writing
I’ve been a writer my entire life, spinning out what amounted to video-game fan fiction back when I was in second grade. It’s a pretty natural outgrowth of reading constantly. I spent more time with books than with children my age. It was stifled for a while by my parents, who didn’t approve of genre fiction, but in the past years I’ve moved passed that and have begun writing again.
My earliest influences were probably Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, who wrote morally-ambiguous characters appropriate for my age. The cyberpunk authors were a huge influence on me, particularly Gibson. I still maintain that Hal Duncan’s “Vellum” is one of the greatest science fiction works of my generation. Recently, my biggest influences have been Paolo Bacigalupi, Peter Watts and Eliezer Yudkowsky. They all produce rather “thinky” fiction, and the first two are very grim. I have a soft spot in my heart for the darker, grimmer side of science fiction.
I’ve tried my hand at more optimistic writing, but so far everything that I’ve had published is of a darker nature. I tend not to stick to one genre, having sold short stories in alternate history, fantasy, science fiction and near future.
Writer of the Future
Oh, man, that was a thrill. When the phone call came in I was at a friend’s house, and I hollered a victory cheer. Due to the level of esteem the award has in science fiction circles, it counts as a pro-sale for SFWA (the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America). They require three professional sales to join, and this was my third one.
I’m overjoyed to have recently joined, as I consider it my personal mark of “being legit.” It’s also a nice addition to my cover letters, which will be very handy now that I’ve finished my first novel.
Looking to the future
I was laid off at the end of 2016, and with my severance in hand I decided to finish this novel I’d started a while back. It took most of the year, but I’m finally finished with it, and I’m now searching for an agent to bring it to a major publisher. I hope to have it in print in a year or two.
I’ll start my second novel sometime early next year. In the meantime, I’m restarting my fiction podcast (“The Methods of Rationality”), at HPMoRpodcast.com. And taking up an accounting job again, to pay the bills.