I’ve had a long strange trip to becoming an author. I was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, where my first few years were spent in a housing project near the Duwamish River in a place called South Park, not far from Boeing’s aircraft assembly plants. I studied hard at West Seattle High School and the University of Washington and pulled off a perfect score on the Biology Section of the Graduate Record Exam, which got me into the Biochemistry Ph.D. program at Cornell University Medical College on Manhattan Island. In between bouts of bar hopping and hell raising in Fun City, I managed to get in some time studying protein chemistry and eventually got my doctor’s degree. After that I tried some genetic engineering and peptide chemistry in a couple of Nobel Prize winning labs at Rockefeller University. Next, I moved home to Seattle to help found the multi-billion-dollar biotechnology company, Immunex Corporation. While there I cloned and patented some human immune system hormone genes and produced the first commercially successful nanotechnology device, a molecular handle I named “the flag.” It’s one of the most popular biotechnology techniques and has been used by thousands of genetic engineers to study every major disease and so many microbes, organisms and biological molecules that it would be impossible to list them all here.
I currently spend quite a bit of time writing novels and short stories. I do some biotechnology consulting work on the side.
While I’m at it, I might as well mention that I play guitar and bass and have performed onstage with the likes of blues legend John Lee Hooker and rock supergroups The Kingsmen and The Drifters. My current band is The Beaters.