I popped into this world more than 60 years ago, born of an English Mum and an American Dad working Air Force civil service at a UK base. My childhood enthusiasms revolved around reading, primarily mythology, British kids books (Anthony Buckeridge, Richmal Crompton and others), comic books and anything nonfiction about animals. The animal kingdom fascinated me to the point a career in life sciences was all I wanted.
My first comic book, Justice League of America #30, introduced me to a world where everything was a 100 times more amazing than my six-year-old life. Flying through space, working magic, outwitting villains, beating mind-control—it gave me a love for the more-than-ordinary that has never gone away.
In 1969, Dad’s work took him to Eglin AFB in the Florida Panhandle so we settled in nearby Fort Walton Beach. The beaches were beautiful, the people were friendly, and it became home, despite “tea” being something served cold over ice (NOOOO!). I found another home in 11th grade when I took a class with the amazing drama teacher Jo Yeager. I was an introverted kid but Mama Jo and the friends I made in her classes dragged me out of myself. I imagine at least one alt.version of myself probably tried making it as a professional actor; I hope he succeeded.
This version of me graduated Oberlin College in 1980 with a biology major but no longer with ay interest for a career in the field (I’m sure yet another alt.Fraser stuck with it). I had no idea what to do instead, but as I’d started working on a fantasy novel senior year, I thought I’d commit to writing. I sold my first story a couple of years later, but that was a long way from making a living. I spent the next decade working various jobs to keep body and soul together while selling both short stories and articles.
By the early 1990s I was stringing for one of the local papers. That improved my finances to the point that freelancing fulltime seemed doable. It wasn’t; back then I simply didn’t have the discipline. In 2000, however, I began working fulltime as a reporter for the Destin Log. I loved it, and I might still be there if I hadn’t met a woman in 2008 at a Mensa convention. Two years later I moved up to Denver to live with TYG (short for The Young Goddess) and we married in 2011. Marriage has been an even bigger, better game-changer than my first comic book.
I’ve freelanced full-time since moving up here. Most of my money comes from writing online business and finance articles, but I’ve also written for a now-defunct local newspaper and Screen Rant. I’ve sold fiction to Realms of Fantasy, KZine, Space and Time, Crimson Streets and Allegory, as well as publishing four film-reference books with McFarland (#5, The Aliens Are Here, is on the way). I’ve self-published three previous books: Atoms for Peace, Atlas Shagged and a book on the Bond films, Sex for Dinner, Death for Breakfast. I recently published Undead Sexual Cliches, a book about the stupidity of misogynist arguments. Oh, and I blog over at Atomic Junkshop.
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