I have a galaxy in my mind. It is full of worlds and alien peoples, and they are constantly pestering me with their stories. I have no choice but to get them down as best I can.
My stories depend on being able to do a few (so far) impossible things, like jump between stars. To keep my impossibilities plausible, I explain them in the Alien Science section.
I started writing science fiction stories in 1987. I wrote sci fi for several years, but it was always back burner to my “day job” writing. I had several non-fiction and business books published in the ’80s and ’90s and ’00s. Then I saw that if I was ever going to complete these sci fi stories in this lifetime, I’d better get my rear in gear!
My biggest influences have been Ursula Leguin and David Brin, because they are masters at drawing many loosely connected stories out of a consistent universe.
My wife B.J. is also a writer, and she also works with me in my company. Good thing we get along well! She’s writing about a romance between the ghost of a French woman and a 19th century English barrister. But she’ll have to tell her own story.