Owen Kirker Clifford Stephens was born in 1970 in Norman, Oklahoma. He was introduced to gaming by his uncle in 1979 (though his uncle later claimed no memory of the event) and was instantly hooked. For the past 30 years he's never gone long without running or playing in an ongoing RPG campaign.
As Owen's notes for his many house rules, campaigns, adventures, custom classes, and organizations grew, he was encouraged by his wife Lj to get some of the material published. His first efforts were accepted by publishers that went bankrupt before his work could be published. Unable to take a hint, in 1997 he attended the TSR Writer's Workshop in Seattle. Shortly afterward his first professional work was published in issue 251 of Dragon, and Owen began to see a potential career.
Owen moved to the Seattle area in 2000 after accepting a job at Wizards of the Coast. Fourteen months later, he returned to Oklahoma and picked up his freelance career with considerably greater skill and more contacts. He has written freelance for numerous companies, including WotC, Paizo, Green Ronin, White Wolf, Steve Jackson Games and Upper Deck, on projects such as Star Wars Roleplaying Game Saga Edition, Thieves' World RPG, EverQuest RPG, numerous D20 Modern and Dungeons & Dragons books, The Guide to Absalom and other Pathfinder RPG books. He was the Lead Developer for Super Genius Games for four years, and wrote or oversaw the creation of a Pathfinder-compatible PDF every week for those years.
In of April 2014 he was hired as a full-time employee of Paizo Inc. He has been the lead the developer for Pathfinder's 64-page module line and the Pathfinder Companion line, and is currently Starfinder's Design Lead. He is also the owner/publisher for Rogue Genius Games, an advisor for Green Ronin, and a developer for Rite Publishing.
Owen can be contacted by sending a note to firstname.lastname@example.org