ABOUT PAUL GENESSE
Paul was born in 1973 and four years later decided to become a writer. He grew up in the desert in southern Nevada, on the outskirts of Death Valley. When not catching lizards or chasing wild burros he created fantastical stories among the rocks and sage brush. He kept himself busy in school with academics--winning the state championship and All-State Player status in Academic Olympics in 1992 when he was a senior at Beatty High School. Paul also played sports: basketball, track, and cross country calling himself a nerd-jock. He went on to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff and loved his English classes, but pursued his other passion by earning a bachelor's degree in nursing science in 1996. He is a registered nurse on a cardiac unit in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he works the night shift keeping the forces of darkness away from his patients.
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Paul lives with his incredibly supportive wife Tammy and their collection of frogs. He spends endless hours in his basement writing fantasy novels, short stories, crafting maps of fantastical realms, and occasionally copy editing manuscripts for a small press publisher, or editing short stories for his Crimson Pact eBook anthology series. His first published work was a short story called, The Mob. It's your basic meerkat mafia story. . . The Mob appears in an anthology by DAW Books (2006) called Furry Fantastic and is available at all major bookstores or online.
The second short story that Paul has had accepted for publication is called Almost Brothers, and is the lead story in the Fellowship Fantastic anthology from DAW Books (2008). His third short story, The Pirate Witch, is featured in The Pirates of the Blue Kingdoms (May of 2007) from Popcorn Press. The follow up to the Pirate Witch, is The Queen's Ransom, published in Blue Kingdoms: Shades and Specters (October 2007, Walkabout Publishing). Paul also has short stories in The Dimension Next Door (DAW 2008), Blue Kingdoms: Buxom Buccaneers (Walkabout Publishing 2008), Catopolis (DAW 2009), Imaginary Friends (DAW 2009), and Terribly Twisted Tales (DAW 2009), Steampunk'd (DAW 2010), The Cost of a Tasmanian Tiger (Michael Stackpole's Chain Story Project, 2011), The Crimson Pact (Edited by Paul Genesse; Alliteration Ink., 2011), Eureka (I, Hero Magazine--forthcoming), No-Tusks (forthcoming), The Secret Empire Book Three of the Iron Dragon Series (2011).
The first novel Paul wrote, a fantasy novel for young adults and adults titled The Golden Cord, the opening book of his Iron Dragon series, was published by Five Star Books in April of 2008. Book two, The Dragon Hunters came out in 2009 and the other books in the five book series have already been written and are coming soon.
Paul's current project is Medusa's Daughter, a fantasy set in ancient Greece. Read examples of all his novels and short stories at his website, www.paulgenesse.com.
The first novel Paul wrote became the bestselling fantasy book that Five Star Books has ever had. It's a book for young adults and adults titled The Golden Cord, the opening book of his Iron Dragon series and came out in April of 2008. The other four books in the series have already been written and book two, The Dragon Hunters released May 15 of 2009. Both books feature covers by world famous fantasy artist, Ciruelo Cabral.
Paul loves teaching writing to people of all ages, and is the editor of the free Writers’ Symposium Ezine (currently on hiatus, but download previous issues for free), dedicated to “Helping Writers Write.” To sign up for possible issues of the ezine contact Paul via one of the "Contact Paul" links at the bottom any page on this website. To view the previous issues of the ezine visit the Writers' Symposium page on this site or the blog, www.writerssymposium.blogspot.com.
Paul's current projects include rewriting book three of the Iron Dragon Series, The Secret Empire, and finishing Medusa's Daughter, a fantasy set in ancient Greece and editing Volumes 2 & 3 of The Crimson Pact eBook anthology. Please read more about all his projects in the "Works" section.
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Here's Paul's Nursing Bio:
Paul Genesse (juh-NESS) graduated summa cum laude from Northern Arizona University in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing. While in school he was inducted into the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau and was president of the NAU Student Nurses Association. After graduating, he moved to Salt Lake City, Utah to work for the internationally renowned company, Intermountain Healthcare—a not for profit hospital system ranked among the best in the world. Paul first accepted a position in an inpatient rehab unit—because he wanted to work the day shift—and stayed there for one year. He then accepted a position in a cardiac telemetry unit, where he succumbed to the power of the dark side—and has worked the night shift for the past twelve years. He serves as a charge nurse much of the time, and has been named the Point of Care Manager for his unit. Paul loves cardiac nursing and has worked with many mechanical heart device patients—including total artificial hearts—over the years, and has been awarded the outstanding mechanical heart nurse award. He has also been nominated by his peers for several nurse excellence awards and serves on the leadership council of his unit.
Paul also recruits young people to go into nursing at school visits across the country while he pursues his other passion, writing fiction. He is a published author, having sold around ten short stories and the successful Iron Dragon novel series, about a guardian trying to save the lives of his people by defeating an evil dragon king.