Looking back, it seems an unlikely road that has lead me to Osprey Adventures. Born in Greensboro, N.C. to a computer programmer and a religious teacher, I was raised on a diet of science-fiction and fantasy. My mother read me The Princess and the Goblin and taught me to write fiction. My father read me The Lord of the Rings and was my first Dungeon Master.
I attended the University of North Carolina, where I picked up a history degree, but spent most of my time hanging out in a gaming store playing Dungeons and Dragons, Call of Cthulhu, and Magic: The Gathering and learning how to paint miniatures.
After a few years working for a journal in Washington, D.C., I decided to send my life in a different direction. I quit my job, packed all my stuff in my parent’s attic, and travelled to Bangor in North Wales to pursue an MFA in Creative Writing. I didn’t get the MFA; I got married instead.
Finding myself in Britain, I began exploring job opportunities. Having been a long-time fan of Osprey Publishing, I checked their website one day and saw they were looking for a Production Assistant. I didn’t really know what that meant, but I applied anyway. I got the job, probably more due to enthusiasm than skills set, and went to work updating old Osprey titles for reprint. I corrected mistakes, changed covers, talked to printers, etc. After 18 months, I switched over to the marketing department, organizing shows, working on catalogues and running the Osprey blog.
It was during my time in marketing that I suggested that Osprey should do a book on zombies. Perhaps surprisingly, my idea was well received, and, in fact, I was offered the job of writing it. Well, the book came out in 2010 and became an instant hit. It was so successful, I was given the job of investigating what other similar topics Osprey might cover.
While it was an exciting opportunity, everyone agreed that any such books should be kept separate from the mainstream Osprey books. Osprey Publishing means military books! So, the Osprey Adventures name was created to house this new line. Now, two years or so since Osprey Adventures initially launched, it has published nearly twenty books on a variety of fantasy, science-fiction, and other odd topics, with many more strange adventures planned in the future.
Hopefully, with this new, dedicated Osprey Adventures blog, I will be better able to keep people up to date on all of the exciting happenings here!