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David Harten W.




Avenel, NJ
Hometown: New Jersey

Organizer since:

December 10, 2008


Which genre of speculative fiction do you WRITE, e.g. fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, horror? Is there a specific subgenre you write, e.g. steampunk, YA fantasy, high fantasy, cyberpunk, dark fantasy?

FANTASY for novels, and SCIENCE FICTION for short stories. (If I wrote novel length science fiction, the science might be obsolete by the time I finished it!) I've also written one horror story.

What length and type of writing do you do: short stories, novellas, novels, screenplays, plays, or other (if other, specify)?

Primarily novels (working on a young adult fantasy trilogy), but also short stories (SF).

Have you had any works published, and if so, what kind, e.g. short stories, novels, plays, nonfiction, poetry, or other?

I recently sold my YA fantasy novel "Magic Teacher's Son," Book 1 of the Magicians' Gold series, to Pen-L Publishing, with a release date of July 1, 2014 at

Since some people like to read in different genres than they write, what are your favorite genres for READING?

I like reading fantasy and science fiction equally well. I don't read horror very often, but occasionally.

What special expertise can you bring to our Writers Meetup from hobbies, sports, studies, work, military experience, etc.? E.g., are you a horseman, scuba diver, fencer, archer, EMT, nurse, cop, poker champ, LARP-er, war vet, Wiccan, Civil War buff?

Kayaker, canoeist, skier, coin collector. US Army veteran (Armor) with knowledge and skills in small arms and Army heavy weapons up to and including tanks. Solar energy & peak oil expert, ran my own solar energy business and installed rooftop solar electric systems. I've raised pet chickens in my backyard (and acquired the only town permit to do so!). Was in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary for a few years and owned my own PWC (personal watercraft, Jet-Ski, Wave-Rider). I've worked in a wide range of jobs including US Army officer (tank commander), traveling photographer, teacher, camp counselor, tax preparer, car salesman, track photographer, computer programmer, ran my own solar energy business (and a few minimum wage jobs when I was young). Basically I'm a jack of all trades, with more jobs and hobbies over the years than I can count! Princeton University graduate, in case anyone is writing a story set at Princeton.


My YA fantasy novel MAGIC TEACHER'S SON was released 10/1/2014 by Pen-L Publishing (see­eachersSon.html). I'm interested in meeting fellow SF/fantasy and YA writers to support each other in writing fiction.

What David Harten W. is saying about this Meetup Group

IMHO, this is not only the best writers Meetup in the known universe, it's also the best in the Enderverse*, the best in the metaverse*, and the best in all possible quantum universes collectively known as the multiverse* or meta-universe*. But that's just my humble opinion, LOL! *Definitions (from Wikipedia): "The multiverse (or meta-universe) is the hypothetical set of multiple possible universes (including the historical universe we consistently experience) that together comprise everything that exists and can exist: the entirety of space, time, matter, and energy as well as the physical laws and constants that describe them." "The Metaverse is our collective online shared space, created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual space, including the sum of all virtual worlds, augmented reality, and the internet." The Enderverse is a series of science fiction novels, short stories, and comics by Orson Scott Card.

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