About Ryan

Me behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland
Obligatory moody picture of me (behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland).

So here are the things you might want to know about me…

Backstory: I was born in 1968 and mostly raised on a family farm in southern Ohio, in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Thanks to grants, student loans and work-study, I was able to go to college where I double-majored in Computer Science and Philosophy. When I graduated I got a job as a programmer which promptly moved me to Atlanta, Georgia, where I’ve been ever since.

Personal life: My husband and I have been together for 23 years. We were married in Iceland a few years ago.

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Near the Capilano River, just north of Vancouver BC.

Pen name: Yep, Ryan Colvert is a pen name. It’s not a cover for a secret life as an international jewel thief (which is too bad, because that would be really cool). It’s just a practical decision… my civilian name isn’t really that complicated, but it’s fairly easy to misspell or mispronounce, so I’ve tried to choose a pen name that doesn’t have those issues.

 

What got you interested in writing? Reading. Growing up when and where I did, we didn’t have a television. Back in the Pleistocene epoch you couldn’t get a television signal in that area (believe me, we tried) and satellite dishes hadn’t been invented yet. So… we read. Every two weeks, the bookmobile (a library in a small bus) would come to the nearest town and we would go. We would each check out our own brown paper grocery bag full of books. We’d read them until the bookmobile came back, and then we’d return them and get another bag full. I’ve been an avid reader ever since.

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