I was born and raised in New Jersey; and I am New Jerseyan through and through, wherever life may take me.For Christmas one year my parents bought me a Lord of the Rings computer game. I started playing it and was so inspired by the story that I put the game aside and did not touch it again until I had read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Those books sparked within me a love of reading in general and a love of fantasy literature in particular.My favorite genre, however, is philosophy, particularly as it relates to ethics and metaphysics. This, together with my love of the fantastic, is the inspiration for my writing.In my reading I have seen how ideas affect history. For this reason it has been important to me to not simply tell a story, but to show how the characters interact with different ideologies and ethical dilemmas. I want my readers to at least understand, even if they do not sympathize with, the villains of the story.
Dustin Morrow is a filmmaker, photographer, and writer. He is also an Assistant Professor of Media Production at Temple University in Philadelphia. His short digital movies have been shown in venues around the world and won numerous awards, including an Emmy from the academic division of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. His photographs have been featured in a number of art and culture magazines, and in multiple solo gallery shows. A book of photographs will be completed in summer 2006. Morrow has directed theatrical productions, curated film screening series, and written extensively about film and media for various journals. During four years in Los Angeles, he edited and directed numerous music videos, short films, and commercials. He is currently finishing his first feature-length documentary, about the Irish Matchmaking Festival (visit www.matchmakermovie.com), and is developing several more projects that will shoot in Ireland in the near future.
Kacey Morrow is a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of New Media Design at Western Washington University, teaching in the Art Department with a focus on motion graphics, digital video, web and interactive design. Prior to WWU, she was a full-time lecturer at Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, FL, teaching in the Graphic and Interactive Communications Department. Attending and speaking at conferences such as, Massaging Media 2: Graphic Design Education in the Age of Dynamic Media, she stays involved in discussions about the design field. Her videos have appeared in several film festivals and exhibitions nation-wide, such as Zero Film Festival and Tarfest in Los Angeles. She has works published in the literary journal Ninth Letter. Ninth Letter was featured in Print Magazine Regional Design Annual, How Design, and Step Inside, and was a competition finalist in SXSW 2005 Interactive Web Awards Competition. She also has years of professional experience in Chicago as a motion, print, and multimedia designer.