Yep, that’s my wife, Janet Edens, at Timberline Lodge with me in 2010.

Janet and Lynn at Mount Hood.

Janet and Lynn at Mount Hood.

It wouldn’t do for me to post about the books I write without talking about the partner who makes it possible for me to spend hours at a time in a fantasy world. And by that, I am, of course, talking about my life as a soccer fan.

This is the second go-round for both of us, and we’ve been doing the whole “married with children” thing since 1999. You’d think that would make it easy for us to figure out how long we’ve been married, but it never does. Most years we forget our anniversary, and even when we remember, we don’t make a big deal about it. We’re not much for compelled emotion.

Janet Edens

Janet Edens

Janet is the person who introduced me to the idea that the fantasy genre was ripe for innovation. She writes wicked short stories, and has an unpublished novel that we’ll be working on bringing to an ebook marketplace near you soon. I’ve read it, and I can’t wait for everyone else to see it.

Then again, it’s not fair that she gets to be so good at what I like to do, and then, on top of that, be better at me when it comes to graphic design, too. Which is a little bitchy, right? Little Ms. Perfect. Little Ms. Scholarship Winner.

On the road in the Turks & Caicos.

On the road in the Turks & Caicos.

I mean, are most happy marriages founded, at least in part, on a mutual rivalry? I kinda think they aren’t. But it works for us.

I get to do these things I love because I have a partner who supports me in them. And more to the point, she supports the person I am, not the person any sane woman would want me to be. She’s also my first — and sometimes my only — reader.

Janet designed the covers for A Madness and Siobeth, and I would have had her design the covers for Bokur and Another Goddamn Novel About The Collapsing Quantum Multiverse, too, if she’d had the time. She’s the boss at our company, Xarktopia LLC, and is the designer for Turks & Caicos Magazine. You can see a bunch of her other work at her portfolio site, JanetEdens.com.

Janet at work at Xarktopia World HQ, February 2013.

Janet at work at Xarktopia World HQ, February 2013.

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