Jim is a full-time SF&F writer, scientist (Ph.D. Electrical Engineering, specialty laser physics) and former running-dog-lackey for the bourgeois capitalist establishment. With 15 published books, he writes hard science fiction, epic fantasy and urban fantasy, frequently with strong, young-adult themes. His first success came through self-publishing, which led to contracts with traditional publishers like Open Road Media and Harper Collins Voyager. Jim has an abiding interest in all things scientific, like orbital mechanics, space travel, laser weapons and other geekie stuff. He lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife Karen, and an extra-terrestrial alien who claims to be a cat.