I’m a professional author, editor, and writing coach, as well as the founder and owner of Panverse Publishing.
My travel memoir, Aegean Dream, the bittersweet memoir of a year spent on the small Greek island of Skópelos (the real Mamma Mia! island), was a UK travel bestseller in 2012. My most recent nonfiction project, Drown the Cat: the Rebel Author’s Guide to Writing Beyond the Rules, was published in 2017.
My first novel, Sutherland’s Rules, a crime caper/thriller with a shimmer of the fantastic, was published in 2013. Free Verse and Other Stories, a collection of my short science fiction work, was released in 2014.
My latest novel, a supernatural suspense thriller titled Black Easter, pits love against black magic and demonic possession on a remote, idyllic Greek island. I’m currently at work on a new thriller set in the late 21st century.
In addition to writing, I offer professional editing, copyediting, and coaching services to authors at all stages of their career.
To contact me directly, simply use the contact form or email me at dariowriter (at-sign) gmail (dot) com
MORE ABOUT ME
If you know me, you’ll know I’m an eccentric, coffee-loving dreamer, an unusually earthy intellectual, a pragmatist with an annoying streak of idealism whose motto is, “We’re all doomed!”
You’ll know that, like most writers, I’ve lived several lives in one and enjoyed an eccentric career trajectory. I’ve worked in a warehouse, driven delivery trucks, had a small import business, drag raced motorcycles, enjoyed a twenty-five year career as a decorative painter, and work as a fulltime writer, and editor. Through my indie press, Panverse Publishing, I’ve compiled, edited, and published three critically-acclaimed science fiction and fantasy anthologies (the ‘Panverse’ series).
If you don’t know me, here’s the skinny from my standard bio:
I was born in London, England, at exactly nine p.m. on a Tuesday. The gypsy screamed and threw up her hands in horror. There was a plague that year, and Farmer Tom’s cow gave birth to a three-headed calf. Comets blazed through the summer night. There were other portents too, which I am too modest to mention.
Since 1989, I’ve lived in California, North Carolina, a tiny Greek island, and now live in the L.A. area with my brilliant and very patient wife.
I love good food and wine. I like physical work. I need problems to solve and envelopes to push. I’m a very lazy person who’s too driven to indulge his sloth. I like people to have depth and complexity. I love the arts. I play guitar, poorly. I listen to late 50’s R&B, rockabilly and doo-wop, 50’s-60’s progressive jazz, the Russian classical composers, Portuguese fado, and a lot of other music besides. I enjoy hiking and wilderness backpacking; when the weather co-operates, my wife and I go wakeboarding with friends. We both love to travel.
I abhor politics and the way polarized thinking, along with the stranglehold of the media and the legal establishment, is poisoning society. I’m a pragmatist who sees reality as too complex for simplistic solutions, and who considers issues on their own merits. I believe our species is probably doomed, and that given our collective inability to do better, we fully deserve to become extinct. Until then, I’d settle for a world free of television, sport and arachnids. I’m probably an agnostic of some kind, and certainly an aesthete. I believe we should encourage individual responsibility rather than reward whining. I’m generally good-natured and kind to both people and cats. I love my friends and hate my enemies.