C. C. Finlay
C. C. Finlay was born in 1964 in New York City but soon thereafter moved to rural Ohio. His childhood was divided equally between playing in the woods and reading his way through the fiction shelves of his small town's Carnegie library. Like Jay Gatsby, he studied abroad briefly at the University of Oxford, and it was there, at New College, founded in 1379 around a remnant of the old city wall built by William the Conqueror, that he fell in love with history. He earned a degree in literature at Capital University and did graduate work in history at the Ohio State University, where he was a research assistant on two award-winning books about the Constitution. He started writing fiction after the birth of his son because he wanted to set an example about chasing one's dreams.
He lives in Columbus with his wife (and sometimes co-author) Rae Carson Finlay and two sons, all smart readers, who keep him honest. The youngest had his first book published at age 11 when his class at school won the Grand Prize in Scholastic Books' Kids-Are-Authors contest. Youngest never lets dad live that down.
His first published story, "Footnotes" (Fantasy & Science Fiction, August 2001), was a series of footnotes from a history article about a future nanotechnology disaster. Since then, he's become a regular contributor to F & SF and other magazines. His stories have been reprinted in Year's Best Fantasy, Year's Best Science Fiction, and Best New Horror. In 2003, he was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and his stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, and Sidewise awards. His fiction has also been translated into German, Greek, Hebrew, Portuguese, Romanian, and Russian.
Finlay has taught creative writing at the Clarion Workshop (now located at San Diego State University), at the Clarion Young Authors Workshop (at Michigan State University), and the Alpha Writers Workshop (at the University of Pittsburg-Greensburg), as well as convention workshops. From 2000 to 2007 he was the admin for the Online Writing Workshop for Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror.
He is also the founder of Blue Heaven, a professional workshop for novels that has been attended by two dozen diverse up-and-coming genre writers including Paolo Bacigalupi, Christopher Barzak, Tobias Buckell, Brenda Cooper, Daryl Gregory, Karin Lowachee, Sandra McDonald, Paul Melko, Tim Pratt, Sarah Prineas, M. Rickert, Ben Rosenbaum, Ian Tregillis, Catherynne M. Valente, Greg van Eekhout, and others.
He has served on the jury for the Philip K. Dick Award and co-chaired the jury for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
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