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I, RISA

I was born in Chicago in 1953. After receiving a degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of California at Berkeley, I worked at an assortment of jobs including stage manager, vocalist-percussionist, ASL interpreter, astrologer, waitress, pre-school teacher, house painter, freelance copy-editor, and administrative assistant. I devoted years to some of these occupations and as little time as possible to others.

I live in Sonoma, California; have done for more than 30 years. I have a terrific husband and two grown children. My day job is production manager/theatre management instructor for the theatre arts department at Santa Rosa Junior College. I practice martial arts (Guangping Yang Tai Chi Chu'an, Shaolin, QiGong, a bit of staff and sword). I folkdance and weight train. I play the bodhrán. And I write.

My first published work was a brace of poems in a slim, cheaply-made anthology -- Voices of Poetry -- for which I was paid in copies. My articles on families and children appeared in Mothering Magazine and BabyTalk.  I wrote a few features for the local newspaper, a 28-piece series on the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906 for the San Francisco Chronicle, and two educational supplements for The New York Times, one of which (“Children Who Built America”) won first place in the Best Original Curriculum category at the Newspaper Association of America’s Newspapers in Education awards.

My novel, the Celtic fantasy Hunter of the Light, was published in 1995 by HarperPrism. Hunter received praise from luminaries in the field and continues to pop up on “best overlooked fantasy” and “favorite book” lists. It garners 5-out-of-5 star ratings in Amazon's and Goodreads' reader reviews, and inspired a fantasy RPG scenario.