If you are into fantasy and science fiction then you know S.M. Stirling.
At MarsCon, Zombie Popcorn had the privilege to sit in and record the interview with S. M. Stirling hosted by Mike Pederson.
Mike Pederson is the publisher/editor/graphic designer responsible for the semiprozine Nth Degree and its e-zine counterpart, NthZine.com. Mike began life as a semi-pro in 1988 when his SF short story, “Dust Storm,” won first place in a local writing contest. In the 1990s, he wrote and published the Raven comic book series (with artist R. Craig Enslin) and edited and published Scene, a Virginia-based entertainment magazine.
In 2001, Mike was part of the “Best in Class – Master Division” winning presentation (Pre-Emptive Strike) at the Millennium Philcon Masquerade. Shortly after that he started Nth Degree. In 2007, he wrote a chapter on “Writing for Magazines” for Dragon Moon Press’ Writing Fantasy: The Author’s Grimoire.
Mike is also the permanent con chair for RavenCon in Richmond, Virginia.
When not engaged in geekish pursuits, Mike is a professional graphic designer and lives in Richmond, Va.
If you are not aware of S. M. Stirling let us introduce you to him and his works.
S.M. Stirling was born in France in 1953, to Canadian parents — although his mother was born in England and grew up in Peru. After that he lived in Europe, Canada, Africa, and the US and visited several other continents. He graduated from law school in Canada but had his dorsal fin surgically removed, and published his first novel (SNOWBROTHER) in 1984, going full-time as a writer in 1988, the year of his marriage to Janet Moore of Milford, Massachusetts, who he met, wooed and proposed to at successive World Fantasy Conventions. In 1995 he suddenly realized that he could live anywhere and they decamped from Toronto, that large, cold, gray city on Lake Ontario, and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico. He became an American citizen in 2004. His latest books are THE COUNCIL OF SHADOWS (May 2011) and THE TEARS OF THE SUN (Sept. 2011), from Roc/Penguin. His hobbies mostly involve reading — history, anthropology, archaeology, and travel, besides fiction — but he also cooks and bakes for fun and food. For twenty years he also pursued the martial arts, until hyperextension injuries convinced him he was in danger of becoming the most deadly cripple in human history. Currently he lives with Janet and the compulsory authorial cats.
*The quoted text was taken from MarsCon