Photo of author Rob Ziegler.Rob began writing fiction during middle school, when he often found himself confined to long afternoons in detention. The deal with detention was, once you’d written three full pages of anything, you were free to go. So writing stories became the key to freedom. It was also something Rob found he enjoyed, to the point of obsession.

Throughout high school, college and most of his adulthood, he spent an inordinate amount of time working on stories, poetry and novels—at the expense of classes, jobs and relationships. For years he tried to make his fiction read like Jane’s Addiction sounds. It was only recently that he realized he should’ve just learned to play the damn guitar, and he’s since begun teaching himself.

He began writing science fiction in 2008. In November of that year, his story “Heirlooms” won the regional short fiction contest, A Dozen on Denver, sponsored by The Rocky Mountain News. That story proved to be fertile ground, serving as the point of departure for his debut novel, Seed. He is currently working on his second novel, Angel City, on its way…soonish.

When not writing, Rob spends as much time as possible hiking in the mountains with his wife, Cindy. They reside in western Colorado, where they abide by the tutelage of a large and enlightened cat.