I was born in San Jose, California, though I spent most of my formative years in and around Boulder, Colorado. My choice of verb tense in that previous sentence is for good reason, for I've lived outside the States for some time now.
I moved to the Republic of Korea in 2006. I've taught English to students ranging in age from five to seventy-five and have loved quite a bit of it. In many ways, I became a writer while living in Asia. While I wrote well in university, I never really discovered my voice until I began to attempt to process much of what I saw here. It is no small coincidence that my novels tend to deal with at least one American character trying to find his place in a country where everything seems just a bit foreign, but that is only part of the story.
What Korea has also afforded me is the ability to truly concentrate on my craft. My days are filled with a variety of lessons (almost always of my own design) on everything from basic phonics to graduate level news articles. I am truly blessed to be someone who is quite literally paid to brainstorm. Add to this my ability to travel throughout this diverse continent and one has what I believe to be the ideal place for an aspiring writer to hone his craft.
When not writing, I enjoy cooking, obsessing over what my American friends insist I should still call 'soccer' and, of course, reading. While I'd love for this site to facilitate discussions on my books, I can be goaded into a talk on most any genre. Need a prompt? Alexander Pushkin's Eugene Onegin is the best piece of literature ever written. Go.
I am also learning to become a better snowboarder and husband (both of which I'm still relatively new at) and am the faithful slave to two lovely yet indifferent feline masters. I welcome interaction and would love to hear more from you via the CONTACT ME prompt or on Twitter.
Until next time....
From the very get go, I'm faced with the choice of whether this page, this entire site, should resemble something assembled by a team of designers or whether it should (quite accurately) present itself as something written by yours truly. Perhaps it would be better to begin, as so many freshman classes do, with a third person introduction. "Stephen McGrath knew he wanted to be a writer at the age of...." Perhaps someday, my work, maybe even my life, will be discussed in such a way. While that might not be so bad, it just isn't how I'd care for this to go at the moment.
Anyhow, if you've read the Acknowledgments sections of either of my books, you know far too much about me for some pretentious opening to ever carry much weight.