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Finn´s Bio

Finn here. I write short stories and novels. Here’s what I usually say in a bio: A tech entrepreneur with a passion for Latin American fiction, who didn't make it big but did make it bust, I grew up on a farm but never sang "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" while skipping through fields of waving grain. At the age of eighteen, I began to wander across the border of legality to help finance an itinerant lifestyle and an education in Latin American literature. I found responsibility abruptly when my wife gave me the first of three wonderful gifts (our children). Scared of starving kids, I began studying engineering, cut my teeth in Silicon Valley, and eventually started a pirate telephone company. More successful and less risky than other illegal activities, it eventually died, but I didn’t.

That’s pretty stuffy, so let me make it quick: Shit happens!

 

My first novel is God Is A Mortician, which I call punk sci-fi. It's a book of religious, sexual, and political satire written around an improbable love story between a human and an extraterrestrial beauty, mocking the sci-fi genre itself. Then there are two series of creative nonfiction (fancy name for memoir with a twist).  The first is Fun Loving Finn, hippy adventure and humor that takes us back to the pot-smokin', rock 'n rollin' 1970s. The second one, Finn on the Farm, is composed of more poignant tales of the childhood adventures and misadventures of a boy growing up on a farm. Everything is written in a sardonic voice that Finn Briscoe just can't shake.

 

The two goals I have when I write are (1) enjoyability and (2) something to think about. I hope to give you as a reader the chance to find either or both in the pages published here.

 

If you care, my academic background includes a B.A. and an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Amherst College and UT-Austin, respectively, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Kansas, leading me to become a multilingual techie in my professional life before embarking on my career as an author.

 

My short stories have been published in Calliope Literary Journal, Jokes Review, cc&d, and nagarimagazine.com, the latter in Spanish.

Here’s a drawing from my novel God Is A Mortician. Can you guess what’s going on here?

Big Bad Buck Sheep

There's a mean buck sheep on the loose, and Finn gets trapped in no-man's-land between the yard fence and the coal shed. That ram is born to butt and he's after Finn.

With his parents in town, city-slicker Uncle Rob is the only adult for miles around. Uncle Rob's initial reaction: "What am I supposed to do about that?"

Good clean fun on the farm ain't so much fun with the big bad buck sheep on the prowl.

Earning My Wages

Coming Soon!

Captain Bob Visits the Farm

Coming Soon!

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