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I thought about writing this thing in the third person to provide the illusion that someone else actually took the time to write a bio of me, giving the matter tens of minutes of research and an equally impressive amount of personal interviews with friends and family as well as 'privileged' access to yours truly.

But I really didn't think anyone would buy it.

Besides, I am a writer, after all. And they say you should write what you know, and I know me fairly well. Ergo, no third person.

Onward!

I was born and raised on Long Island, the third of four brothers I feel privileged to be associated with. My mom and beloved, sorely missed dad were excellent parents, and Mom continues to set a fine example of 'How to be a Kind, Profoundly Decent Person.' Outside of a two and a half year stint in Northern VA, studying Theatre and Music at Shenandoah University (Shenandoah College & Conservatory of Music, at the time), I've spent my life here, and have been happy to do it. I've attended Dowling College and Nassau Community College, accumulating a great deal of writing experience from various instructors, all the while typing away on various personal projects, refining my skills through practice, reading and when possible, instruction. Though I took periodic stabs at trying to publish my work, principally 'The Dulantrin Chronicles,' my fantasy trilogy, I mostly kept busy working to improve my abilities.

My moment of validational epiphany came in December 2001, when I was chosen as one of four winners in Stephen King's 'On Writing Contest,' which originated as an exercise in his outstanding memoir/writing guide of the same name. There were over 1000 submissions to this contest, judged by King himself, and though the only physical prize for the contest was having the story posted on King's website for several months (which was consummately cool), the inspirational value of getting a shot in the arm like that from an artist of King's skill and renown was immense. The message was that I was doing something right, that I had some game as a writer and that I should keep trying (One of my favorite quotes is one attributed to author Richard Bach: "A professional is an amateur who didn't quit."). The contest also opened my eyes to a new format for my work: the short story, and my entry, which I polished, revised, and eventually titled, 'Dick & Jane at Play,' became the centerpiece for my interrelated collection of stories entitled 'Domestic Mayhem: Tales from the 'Burbs,' which is still in progress.

Currently, I work for the administrative arm of St. George's University School of Medicine, composing performance evaluations for graduating students, a task I feel privileged to perform.

I've been married for thirteen years to a wonderful woman, with whom I have one remarkable little girl, one quintessential cat named Delilah, and one diva in fur named Emi.

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You can email me here.

You can read my blog, Orkin's Law here.

You can find me on Facebook here.

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