Joseph M Kurtenbach has lived in many places and worked in many fields, including surveying and drafting, construction, truck driving, airport security, veterinary technology, zoo keeping, laboratory technology, and information technology. He earned Associate of Applied Science degrees in Veterinary Technology and Computer Information Systems, and loves science and technology and learning new things. Also, in what seems like another lifetime, he earned fixed-wing and helicopter pilot licenses–the best he could do without a wyvern. He loved all of these experiences, but what he loves most of all is creating. He found the perfect outlet in fantasy fiction, and started writing in his early twenties. A couple of his earlier short works appeared in Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine and Mythic Circle.
After many adventures, Joe developed chronic illness in his forties. It was not the midlife crisis he had hoped for, but nevertheless he sometimes uses this experience in his writing.
Joe grew up in a small farm town in Nebraska. He currently resides in Eugene, Oregon.