My name is Paul Douglas Deane.
When I was twelve years old, my mother got a Valentine’s Day poster that had the words ‘I love you’ in twelve different languages.
Both events changed my life. The first gave me a lifelong love of fantasy. The second led to my getting a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago — which may not exactly constitute following in Tolkien’s footsteps, but certainly qualifies as trespassing on his turf.
I now live in Lawrenceville, N.J. with my wife Debbie, and work as a computational linguist. My favorite novels include Tanith Lee’s The Birthgrave, Meredith Ann Pierce’s The Darkangel, and C.S. Lewis’ Till We Have Faces, though I also cherish a love for quirky Victoriana and Edwardiana, such as William Morris’ The Story of the Glittering Plain and G.K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday. I am coauthor with Kimbra Wilder Gish of the YA fantasy novel Too Real to Dream of Waking. Kimbra and I met online in a Tolkien text roleplaying game. The rest (as they say) is history.
Oh, and if your tastes go to poetry, you might enjoy my hobby poetry site, alliteration.net, dedicated to alliterative verse.