I write to entertain, to explore, and to help others (temporarily) escape into another life, another universe, another time. I create characters who will haunt your dreams, stay with you for days or weeks at a time, and I believe in writing characters who are real. I write about social, cultural, and technological change, along with very human issues like love, loss, deception, intelligence, sentience, isolation, and alienation. The optimist in me wants to make the world a better place through my writing. The pessimist in me knows that this may be harder than the optimist would like to admit.