Keith R.A. DeCandido was born, raised, educated, and still lives in the Bronx. His Mom and Dad fed him a steady diet of Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, J.R.R. Tolkien, and P.G. Wodehouse, which corrupted him for life -- not only instilling in him a great love of science fiction, fantasy, and silly British humor, but also likely being responsible for his pretentious insistence on using both his middle initials all the time.
After serving on Fordham University's award-winning alternative newspaper, called, simply, the paper, working his way up to Executive Editor, he worked at Library Journal as an Assistant Editor for two and a half years.
After freelancing for a year -- including a stint at the professional library book publisher Neal Schuman -- in September 1993 he became Associate Editor of Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror for Byron Preiss Visual Publications and Byron Preiss Multimedia Company, working under Senior Editor John Betancourt. When John left the company to write and publish full-time, Keith was promoted to Editor, and he remained there full time for three years. His accomplishments range from editing a highly successful line of novels based on Marvel Comics's super heroes to helping bring Alfred Bester back into print.
For four glorious years, Keith worked on The Chronic Rift, a New York City public access talk show on SF, fantasy, comics, gaming, and other genre issues. Working with his best friend, Executive Producer and Director John S. Drew, Keith was cohost and Producer of the Rift, doing 100 half-hour episodes that aired in New York from 1990-1994.
As a writer, Keith has had several novels, eBooks, short stories, comic books, and nonfiction books published, most in the realm of media tie-ins. He's put out two best-selling works based on the TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer -- The Watcher's Guide (written with Christopher Golden & Nancy Holder), the first official companion to the TV series, and The Xander Years Vol. 1, a novelization of three Xander-focused episodes. He's written prose based on Marvel Comics super heroes -- including the novel Venom's Wrath, written with Josť R. Nieto, and five short stories -- books based on Young Hercules, a novel and three short stories based on Farscape, the first novel based on Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda, and short stories in the worlds of Xena, Doctor Who, and Magic: The Gathering.
Most of his recent and future work has been in the realm of Star Trek, however, including four novels, several eBooks, a novella, and a comic book miniseries, with much more on the way. Plans are afoot for more tie-ins with other series as well.