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Author Information: Dennis Danvers

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Danvers grew up in Texas and received his BA, MA, and Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Arlington, and MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where he now lives. He played in a rock & roll band in college, and still plays guitar for pleasure. "I wanted to be a writer the way another kid might think he wanted to be an astronaut," he recalls. "My first memory of writing fiction was in the third grade. The teacher asked us to write a tall tale and I wrote about a giant raccoon, and that made everybody laugh. I got my first taste of an audience."

Danvers pursued his dream through a series of jobs that gave him the flexibility to write. He worked as a college English teacher; in the restaurant business as a manager, bartender, and cook; and as a used book store manager, among other things. "I probably submitted my first short story when I was 18," he says, and Wilderness was accepted when I was over 40. Like many writers, I had a lot of stories in the mail at the same time, so while Wilderness was being considered by Simon & Schuster, four of my stories got accepted. It was as if my stars had changed."


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