Raised on Star Trek from the tender age of six weeks, Jared’s path to true geekdom was inescapable. Star Wars, Dr. Who, and an endless stream of low-budget 80s Sci-Fi movies followed until some unthinking fool handed him a copy of Ursula Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea. All hope of getting the child to do his homework ended that day. He spent the rest of his formative years bouncing between books and movies, past and future, always looking for a world more interesting than his own. And then another fool went and invented the World Wide Web.
The poor boy spent the rest of his life bouncing from one shiny hobby to the next like a ferret in a jewelry store, steadily collecting the skills to either take up a life of adventuring or survive the apocalypse. He’s dabbled in fire performance, martial arts, costuming, blacksmithing, target shooting, rock climbing, electronic music, book-binding, and even restored a 1969 Mustang. He also has a soft spot for exotic pets (his favorite was an octopus named Squishy).
After twelve years of working as a web application developer, burnout set in and he switched from writing code to writing speculative fiction. He still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up.
Jared lives in the blast furnace of Phoenix, Arizona with a wife, two cats, and more electronic devices than is healthy for one household.