Garrett Vander Leun
I was made in 1982.
I grew up in the library, checking out huge stacks of thick, stinky books that I had no business reading simply because I liked their company. I found readable refuge in authors like Bruce Coville and RL Stine, moving later towards authors like Cormac McCarthy, Larry McMurty and my all-time favorite, Michael Chabon’s “Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.”
The smell of old comic books is my catnip and James Robinson’s STARMAN is my all-timer.
I am a graduate of Second City Los Angeles and I got myself a Film and TV Writing Certificate at UCLA. Everything I write is grounded in truths I have known, though they often take place a step or two sideways, in a place where something fantastical or magical looms around the edges. Much of what I write is character-driven and plagued by crime or violence, though every story I put to page is inevitably driven by my optimistic march towards diversity, strength and hope.