I have worked for over twenty years as a professor of biology at a small college, and writing fiction provides me with a diversion from the rigors of academia. After a day of dealing with hard facts at my place of work, it is fun to come home and make things up. Exercising my imagination re-charges my intellectual and emotional battery. My undergraduate (B. A. Zoology-Botany, Butler University) and graduate (Ph. D. Molecular Biology, Indiana University) training in science provides me with a framework for developing fantastic creatures and the concepts behind them.
Of perhaps greater importance than these adult considerations are my childhood interests. From an early age, I was fascinated with monsters, whether real or imagined. I am still a sucker for a monster movie with good special effects, and I enjoy a good monster story in literature – classical or recent. A number of years ago, I realized that inside of me there still lived a ten-year-old boy who would rather draw dinosaurs than do his homework, and I decided to start feeding him.
For recreation, I like reading, watching motion pictures (including animation), and bicycling or hiking through beautiful scenery. I engage in these activities for their own sakes and to stimulate my creativity. Modern life can be overly rushed and busy, and I hope that my readers can discover for themselves the art of slowing down and expanding time through the enjoyment of simplicity, nature, and the creative works of others.
I can be contacted via this site or email: jonesy(dot)robert3(at)gmail(dot)com