Been looking for ages to find a place to shoot the breeze with like-minded folk. Think I've finally got here. By way of a brief bio, I've been writing for my own entertainment for years, had a few short stories published and been working up to a novel. The past 12 months, I started to take a more professional approach (and hasn't that been a steep learning curve!). All going well, I'm planning on self-publishing my first novel this summer. My writing tends towards urban fantasy but I've got a hankering to get my teeth into something epic later this year. Favorite authors? Howard Waldrop, for sure. Add to that, Bill Watterson, John Wagner, Harlan Ellison and Stephen King. Other fantasy credentials I can admit to include living near a ruined castle, having a sword and owning a goldfish that appears to be immortal.