I was raised by wolves in the wilds of a far off foreign land somewhere near Zagreb. I've never been in Zagreb, mind you, I just like the name. Unfortunately, the whole wolf thing didn't take, so I ended up with a human family in Fort Myers, Florida.
After a strange youth spent in Southwest Florida, I ran off to the University of Missouri at age 18 (because I realized I was free to leave) where I studied journalism and barbecue.
I then went onto a job at an afternoon paper in Independence, Missouri before moving to Seattle and becoming a freelance writer.
Not many people know this, but freelance is from the Latin for unemployed. "Free", meaning no pay and "lance", a guy.