“I was happy but happy is an adult word. You don't have to ask a child about happy, you see it. They are or they are not. Adults talk about being happy because largely they are not.”

- Henri, from "The Passion" by Jeanette Winterson

 

Hello, my name is Kyle Garret.  I'm a writer.

There's a long running column in "Poets & Writers" magazine that features a different writer each month talking about why he or she writes. The answers are always thoughtful and colorful and not entirely substantial in that the motivations are hard to pin down. Imagine asking a painter why he or she paints, or asking a musician why he or she plays music. It just seems like too large, too messy of a concept to define.

I gave it some thought (I give a lot of things a lot of thought) and came to the conclusion that I write because I have no idea why I write. I write as if there's enlightenment at the end, as if there's a point where I will find peace, and that point can only be reached through writing.

So far, it's been a very long, very winding road, with no end in sight.

As for details on the usual road, I spent 24 years in Ohio.  I attended Ohio University for six years where they let me have not just a Bachelor's in English, but also a Master's in Creative Writing.  After that I spent a few years in Atlanta, mostly trying to stay out of the hospital.  I also tried being a rock star for a bit, but that didn't work out.

I then spent nine years living in Los Angeles, which is when I wrote "I Pray Hardest When I'm Being Shot At" which was released by Hellgate Press in June, 2011.

I'm currently shopping around two YA books and reworking a non-YA novel.  Aside from this web site, you can also find my work in a nice little short story collection called "Unrequited and Other Stories," which I've conveniently linked to Amazon for you.  If you're looking for just a taste of my work, please give "Unrequited" a try.  It's the first story in the collection, available as a digital download for just 99 cents.

I also contributed an essay to "Joss Whedon: The Complete Companion" from Titan Books, on the character Xander from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

My short story, "Young Zombies in Love," was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award and appears in "Best New Writing 2014."

I currently live in Danville, California with my wife, our two cats, and a wonderful (not so) baby boy.

What I Do

Well, I write, mostly.

Aside from the aforementioned titles, I have a portfolio stocked with short stories, comic book scripts, graphic novel proposals, a novel, and two YA books.  I've even got a spec script for the TV show "Angel" lying around here somewhere.

VITALS

Name: Kyle Garret
Age: 40
Sign: Libra
Sex: Male
Place of Origin: Kent, Ohio
Current Location: Danville, CA
Current Occupation: Vague
Current Weather: Sunny
Current Meal: Lunch
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Month: October
Favorite Number: 12
Favorite Berry: Black