Dayton Ward
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Dayton Ward

If you're reading this, then chances are you've read one of my books or are considering doing so. Or, maybe you just clicked on a link by mistake while on your way to something more interesting.

Doesn't matter. Welcome!

So...about me. Yeah...well, you see, it's like this: Until recently, I was a software developer and analyst, having become a slave to Corporate America after spending eleven years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Why did I join the military? Pretty simple, really. I'd gotten tired of people telling me what to do all the time, and was looking for a change.

Whoops.

In truth, I joined for a handful of different reasons, from carrying on a family tradition to wanting a challenge unlike anything else I'd faced to that point to simpler stuff like just wanting to see the world. I'm proud of my time spent in uniform. I gave Uncle Sam eleven years, and he gave me a long list of skills and experiences that have continued to serve me to this day. I think I got the better end of that deal by a fairly wide margin.

In September 2014, I said goodbye to my day job and embarked on a bold new journey as a full-time writer.

Though I've written a bunch of short stories and novels on my own, I've written a lot more in collaboration with my friend and fellow author, Kevin Dilmore. What types of stories do I like to write? Pretty much the same kind I like to read: Engaging plots with interesting characters. Whether I actually succeed in crafting stories which meet those criteria is for you to decide.

I write content for magazines and web sites as the opportunities arise. You'll find my stuff in Star Trek Magazine and on sites like Tor.com and StarTrek.com. I'm also a regular contributor to a "writer's blog" called "Novel Spaces," with an eye toward providing insight and advice on various writing topics. There are several contributors to the site, representing a broad spectrum of genres and writing backgrounds. Go give it a look; it's a nice place to hang out.

Though I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, fate and circumstances have seen to it that my family and I now call Kansas City home. My wife spends a great deal of time and effort as a volunteer K-9 handler and search & rescue tech, training along with one of our dogs in order to assist law enforcement when searching for missing persons. As you can imagine, there are a few story ideas to be gleaned from that.

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