I am a St. Louis native, born and educated in St. Louis, although I spent some time at college abroad in Thailand, and have also visited South Africa, Israel, and too many cities in the U.S. to bore you with listing.Â I currently live in Portland, Oregon with my wife, son, and pup.
I attended Webster University and graduated with a BA in Advertising and Marketing in 2004. During those years I stumbled into online marketing and e-commerce which I’ve followed as a career at present. I operate a small web development and management company called Protocol Three and co-founded Ichabod Learning in late 2018 a company providing educational materials for children with autism.
That brings me to the crux of this little blurb. Reading and writing were important to me at an early age. I have fond memories of reading Dr. Seuss books with their colorful and bizarre illustrations that are lighthearted on the surface while also conveying profound ideas. My personal favorite is “And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street“. This was his first published children’s book and was rejected so many times he considered burning the manuscript. Reading that book enlightened me to something I think many adults forget: we can dream anything we dare to.
Through childhood and adolescence, reading fiction was a nightly habit. In college, I spent most of my time reading non-fiction, and I suppose I grew to appreciate it more. These days I write far more than I read (although a good book is a prerequisite for any traveling I do). I’m a careful reader who spends intimate time with a book, and with so much more to read I will rarely go back to read again unless I’m looking for a memorable passage or to skim a chapter. All books need a little attention every now and then, even if you don’t want to relive the whole relationship.
For me, ideas sprout from observations and interpretations of things. Things are thrown in to my head, tossed in a vortex of thought, pass by an occasional dead brain cell, and my characters share perspectives about the stuff I make for them. These could be things things, events, people, places, robot, pet, Simulant, or a 5 oz. tube of Nutri Rub.
In 2008, something passionate flickered inside and what started as a small, pithy essay about synthetic biology lead me down a path of questioning and I soon began to explore the rest of the future.
And thus, here we are. It is not predictable where we’re going to be in the future, but it’s an interesting place with endless possibilities. My stories are an interpretation of the unpredictable, wild, and dangerously crazy future that I hope you enjoy.
~ J Adam Lefever