James Ryan Daley first decided that he wanted to be a writer on July 17th, 1998 while stranded in a parking lot on the North Shore of Long Island. Home for the summer after his freshman year at college, James was working as a pizza delivery boy when he locked his keys in the car for the third time that week, and (while waiting for his mother to come rescue him yet again) he realized that he was just far too distractible for a regular job. So, knowing that he was probably not going to make it as a rockstar or an athlete, James figured that he should probably try writing some fiction.
In the years since, James has dedicated both his educational and professional efforts to his love of the written word. After majoring in English at a strange and wonderful school called Prescott College in northern Arizona, James went on the earn his MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2004. Over the years that followed, James worked as an Acquisitions Editor for Dover Publications and an English Teacher at a small Catholic high school (and no, the irony of the latter is not lost on him), before beginning his freelance career in the spring of 2008. Now, he spends most of his time writing fiction for teenagers, creating websites about video games, teaching writing to college students, and editing anthologies of speeches and short stories.
During the infrequent hours when James is not obsessing over pixels and pronouns, he can usually be found attempting not to injure himself with sailboats and skis, and being generally silly and genuinely ridiculous with his wife and two daughters in their lovely hometown of Newport, Rhode Island.