Author has written 2 stories for Harry Potter, and Discworld.
I was formerly a full-time professional writer, but gave it up when I realized that monthly mortgage payments were more than my advances. Since those decades ago, I've meta-morphed into an educator, a marketing manager, a management consultant, and now a full-time financial professional. I've had to utilize communication - often through writing - throughout my various careers!
I've lived and worked in China, Japan, Turkey and the United Kingdom. I have also served my country overseas. Born into a Hispanic (but English-speaking) family, I am also fluent in Mandarin Chinese and am working on improving my Japanese. I'm a married, 40-year old male, and I currently live in New Orleans. I now own my own financial management company, which means that I work from home and have a lot of time for writing when I'm not performing duties for my clients.
My non-fiction writing has been published in anthologies, newspapers, journals and magazines throughout North America, Asia and Europe. I have edited several encyclopedias in the past 9 years. I am currently working on an original work of historical fiction that I hope to be able to sell to a publisher.
My reading list includes the San Guo Yuanyi (Romance of the Three Kingdoms), the Genji Monogatari (the Tale of Genji), British crimefiction of the 19th and 20th centuries (Christie, Sayers, Marsh, Doyle, Freeman), the Harry Potter universe, the Lemony Snicket universe, the works of H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, Glen Cook, Jim Butcher, Georges Simenon, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and numerous historical works. My music collection runs from the Clash, Pulp, the Rolling Stones, Hank Williams Jr., Buckwheat Zydeco, Sugarboy Crawford, Leadbelly, Ellis Marsalis and of course my hometown's ambassador to the world, Louis Armstrong.
A few people have asked what my profile name means. It means I'm an oenophile. Look it up.
HP-Color of Magic. HP-Discworld X-over. Completed. Was working on loose ends at Portkey but am no longer active there. A follow-up sketch has been outlined but not written.
Screwtape Letters. HP-Verse. Conpleted. An interesting story about DD.
Stories I'm working on or have sketched but not yet posted ...
HP and the Lurker on the Threshold. HP-Cthulu X-over, very dark. Sketched but not developed owing to HBP and DH. Still has merit but no-one I've seen is interested in Cthulu stories in HP-verse.
HP and the Ninefold Path. Post-HBP. Dumbledore's "contingency plan" trains Harry in the ways of Buddhism and the way of Meifumado. Done mainly in "Lone Wolf and Cub" style.
HP and the Snivelling Worm. HP-Black Adder X-over. Humor and satire.
XXXX- An original (non-fan-fiction) work concerning incidents occuring during the Hebert Hoover presidency. Forthcoming.
I am happy to work with you as a Beta Reader if you are interested. I do think every writer should have and read often "Strunk and White" and "The Associated Press Style Guide." If you don't have copies on your shelf, you might not want me as your Beta as I will probably refer you to them often.