More About the Author
Writing is the way I experience the world. I was one of those kids who enjoyed English class and wrote poems during recess. I wrote plays in which my younger brother and I provided all the voices. (He grew up to be a writer, too.) As a master's and doctoral student, I turned to technical communication as my writing outlet, but, after writing several books and even more training guides, I returned to my first love: popular culture. In the past decade, I've written about television series (LOST, Sherlock, Doctor Who, Torchwood, Battlestar Galactica, Heroes) and films (especially The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit). In my time away from being a humanities and communications professor, I am a contributing editor for online popular culture magazine PopMatters, where I write a monthly film/television column, Deep Focus. My most recent book takes me in yet another direction within popular culture: celebrity studies. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching or listening to Benedict Cumberbatch's work in film, theatre, radio, and television. I hope you'll like my analysis of his work (Benedict Cumberbatch, In Transition: An Unauthorised Performance Biography) as much as I enjoyed studying this talented actor's career.
Writing also has been the catalyst for trips around the world, sometimes for book signings, more often for research, and always for pleasure. In the past year I've had the good fortune to talk, however briefly, with directors (Peter Jackson, Danny Boyle) at events surrounding the premiere of their latest films and to chat with actors, some who agreed to be interviewed for Deep Focus. I traced Bilbo Baggins' cinematic steps in New Zealand and visited 221B Baker Street in London. I saw as many plays and films as I could cram into my schedule. I worked in film or theatre archives and libraries. Every day I write about what I see or learn, and much of it becomes a chapter, column, or blog entry.
I revel in the acts of research and writing, and I hope that the words I've written somewhere, at some time, may have given you something to think about or enjoy.