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When I was a kid, a friend of mine asked me what religion I was. I told him I was Canadian. Okay, so I was a little confused. I was born in Halifax, Novia Scotia, but my family moved to the U.S. when I was eight months old. Eventually I became naturalized (I probably was already by the time I was claiming to be of the Canadian faith). My parents, however, were born and raised in Budapest, so depending on how you look at it, I'm either a first-generation American or an immigrant (if coming from Canada counts as immigration).
I don't speak Hungarian and have only been there a couple of times, but my favorite statue there (in Budapest) is of "Anonymous," the first great chronicler of Hungary.
As for my religion, I was raised as a Lutheran, though my parents were born and raised Jews (they converted), and I'm now a practicing agnostic.
I'm also a fiction writer, a teacher, and a collector of advanced degrees. Over the years, I have earned as living as an adjunct teaching college-level English literature, composition, and creative writing, an associate dean of students, a pet newspaper editor, a daily newspaper reporter, a bookstore manager, and a 9th and 11th-grade teacher at a military academy in Virginia. That doesn't count numerous temp jobs and a failed attempt at waiting tables.
Siris is a mixed breed too. He shares my apartment along with my human roommate and three cats.
I'm currently working on my first novel, based on a story from the Book of Acts. It takes place in the Meditteranean between about 35 and 65 AD. This fall, I will travel to Israel for a month to research the work.
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