I was born and raised in Connecticut, on the shore of Long Island Sound, in the 1950s. As a child I spent a lot of time at the beach, even in cold weather. Both my parents were readers, so I picked up the habit early. Because there was an old typewriter in the attic, I started teaching myself to type when I was about 8. My mother made weekly trips to the library, and although there was a specific children’s library in my hometown, I also started reading books from the “adult” library. I was allowed to get a library card there when I was about 10. I was already writing and submitting stories by then, but the quality was… not great, shall we say. I kept at it, though, with encouragement from some of my teachers, and sold my first story at the age of 23. I sold fiction to a number of magazines, but my first book was, oddly enough, a children’s book, Dinosaur Dress Up, published by William Morrow in 1992. Since then, I’ve published several other books, mostly science fiction, fantasy, and horror. I’ve also ghostwritten more than a dozen works of science fiction and fantasy, as well as memoirs and cozy mysteries. My work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. I’m also an artist, and have had hundreds of drawings, paintings and illustrations to my credit, over a freelance career spanning 50 years. My graphic novel The Endless Incident was published in 2014. In 2020 I completed the art for the first part of Deeds Unsung, a short graphic novel on the Vietnam War, written by John Sorie. I also play a mean kit of drums! I live in Rockingham County, North Carolina with my wife and occasional collaborator, novelist Grace Marcus.
Regal House Publishing and Fitzroy Books are delighted to bring you Al Sirois’s middle grade novel, the first in a trilogy, Murder in Mennefer, in the summer of 2024.