I've been a role-player since like the 7th grade, although I never played as regularly as I'd like until I moved to Seattle. I've also been attempting to design games, off and on, since about 11th grade, but recently (like since early 2013) I've decided to make a more realistic go of it, and have been doing some freelancing and tinkering with board and card games since. I've worked on products for the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game, 5th Edition Fantasy, and the vs. M Engine, including my first original game, vs. Moon Men! Plus I post free RPG setting stuff on my website each week.
I did a Master's degree in American history and an interdisciplinary graduate certificate in gender studies at Michigan State University. My thesis is on comic book fanzines/fandom in the 1970s and 1980s, although I've also written about Dungeons & Dragons and the Satanic Panic (and presented about it at a regional conference!). Then I moved to Seattle because I want to make games and this seemed like the best place to do that.
My favorite character I ever played was a half-orc sorcerer/rogue (with poor Dexterity) named Jeed who was obsessed with dragons and whose best friend was the flying, talking skull of a four centuries dead apprentice necromancer named Roderick. Although Roderick didn't start out with the ability to fly; that would be absurd.