In this ongoing series, we ask SF/F authors to describe a specialty in their lives that has nothing (or very little) to do with writing. Join us as we discover what draws authors to their various hobbies, how they fit into their daily lives, and how and they inform the author’s literary identity!
While I don’t think a love of gaming is that unusual for fantasy authors, I’m pretty sure my history with it is a little different than most. I grew up in a very small, very evangelical town in North Carolina. Somehow I got my hands on a set of gaming dice, and had heard stories of these roleplaying games that would let me be the characters in my favorite books. This seemed like a marvelous thing, but when I finally asked for the red box D&D for Christmas one year, I did not get it. I got a lecture about the devil, and the tools he uses to corrupt young minds.
But I still had my dice.