Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s speculative fiction including the novels The Worker Prince and The Returning, and the children’s books 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Jokes For Kids (ebook only) and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter- Land Of Legends. His debut novel, The Worker Prince (2011) received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. His short stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and online. He edited the anthologies Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6 (Flying Pen Press, 2012), Beyond The Sun (Fairwood, July 2013), and Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age (Every Day Publishing, November 2013) and is working on Shattered Shields with co-editor Jennifer Brozek (Baen, 2014). He also hosts #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction & Fantasy Writer’s Chat) Wednesdays at 9 pm ET on Twitter and can be found via Twitter as @BryanThomasS, on his website atwww.bryanthomasschmidt.net or Facebook.
Born and raised in Central Kansas, Bryan received a Bachelor of Arts in Communications-Radio-TV-Film in 1992 from California State University at Fullerton. He then spent five years working in the television and film industry on documentaries for A&E, TNN, NBC and more, including the award winning Discovery Channel documentary Titanic: The Legend Lives On.
Bryan’s first prose sales were devotionals published in Secret Place magazine in 2009. His first devotions for Upper Room magazine appeared in 2010. His first published science fiction story, “Mars Base Alpha,” was published at www.sffstories.com in January 2010. His debut novel, The Worker Prince (2011) received Honorable Mention on Barnes & Noble Book Club’s Year’s Best Science Fiction Releases for 2011. A sequel The Returning followed in 2012 and The Exodus will appear in 2013, completing the space opera Saga Of Davi Rhii. His first children’s books, 102 More Hilarious Dinosaur Jokes For Kids (ebook only) and Abraham Lincoln: Dinosaur Hunter- Land Of Legends (forthcoming) appeared from Delabarre Publishing in 2012. His short stories have appeared in magazines, anthologies and online. He edited the anthologies Space Battles: Full Throttle Space Tales #6 (2012), Beyond The Sun, an anthology of space colonist tales for Fairwood Press (July 2013), and Raygun Chronicles: Space Opera For a New Age, for Every Day Publishing (November 2013, and Shattered Shields with Jennifer Brozek, forthcoming from Baen in 2014. The first novel in an epic fantasy trilogy called The Dawning Age, Duneman, is currently undergoing revisions, while Bryan works on sword and sorcery, urban fantasy, and steampunk novels and sequels to The Worker Prince.
Bryan released his first CD of original music, “Stand,” on his own label in 1998 and spent the next two years touring in support of that album. Bryan continued to write songs, stories and articles, releasing “Glorious” in 2003 and “Love Like No Other” in May 2009.
The host of the weekly #sffwrtcht (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat) on Twitter, Wednesdays at 9 pm ET live. Bryan currently resides in Ottawa, Kansas, with his two dogs, Louie and Amélie. He can be reached for interviews, guest posts, podcast appearances and more at bryan at bryanthomasschmidt.net.
Threes (& a few extras cause I hate rules):
THREE NAMES I GO BY
- Bryan Thomas
- Well, there is a third, but my twin sister calls me that and frankly, this blog is family friendly so I’ll keep it to myself.
THREE JOBS I’VE HAD IN MY LIFE
- Church musician
- Technical Writer
- Production Assistant
THREE PLACES I’VE LIVED
- Salina, Kansas
- Saint Louis, Missouri
- Los Angeles, California
THREE TV SHOWS I WATCH
- New Girl
THREE OF MY FAVORITE FOODS
- Steak (especially Picanha, a unique cut I get only in Brazil)
- Enchiladas (my go to food to rate a new Mexican restaurant)
- Oreos (don’t tell Sandra Wickham or my Mom, they’ll kill me!)
THREE FAVORITE DRINKS
- Strawberry Margaritas (and I make killer ones, too!)
- Chocolate milk
- Cherry Limeade
THREE FAVORITE BANDS (I have a lot more than three!!!)
- Kansas (for more than just its name being my home state)
- John Denver
- B.J. Thomas
THREE FAVORITE THINGS TO DO
- Jam with my guitar or keyboard/write songs/produce
- Social Media (I love my online friends and my time with them)
THREE THINGS I HATE
- People With No Respect For Anyone Different Than Them
- Popping Balloons
- Dishonesty (Especially if you’re dishonest with yourself)
- People Who Don’t Buy My Books (What? Ok it’s four, but I have to eat…)
THINGS I CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT
- My imagination
- Food and water are kind of a must too
- My babies (dogs)