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CHRISTOPHER HUSBERG

  • GUEST INFO

    NAME: CHRISTOPHER HUSBERG
    APPEARED: FanX18
    KNOWN FOR: Author of Duskfall

  • GUEST BIO

    Christopher Husberg grew up in Eagle River, Alaska, where he did not live in an igloo, so don’t bother asking about it. He enjoyed hiking and camping in the Last Frontier, but only during the three and a half months when there wasn’t snow on the ground. The rest of the year provided ample opportunities to play Warcraft, Starcraft, and Final Fantasy, and read stories by J.R.R. Tolkien, Brian Jacques, Roald Dahl, Susan Cooper, and T.A. Barron. In high school he transitioned to authors like Robert Jordan and George R.R. Martin, where he fell in love with Westeros, like, a whole decade before it was cool.

    Chris first dreamed of being a writer in elementary school when he tried his hand at Redwall fan fiction. He failed miserably, and might have given up right there if his parents hadn’t fed him an assemblage of vaguely Seussian lines about places he might go, butter battles he might fight, and virescent cuisine he might consume (but mainly that first thing about going places). But his Final Fantasy fan fiction in middle school wasn’t much better, and when he tried writing his own novel in high school he decided it was way too hard and played a lot of video games and pretended to snowboard instead, though his obsession with writing continued festering in the recesses of his mind.

    In 2003 Chris enrolled at Brigham Young University as an English major, but soon took two years off to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Southern Italy. Upon returning to BYU, Chris suffered a brief stint of ballroom dancing before his writing obsession re-emerged and he began writing in earnest. He finished his first novel, Duskfall, while taking a year off and teaching ballroom dance at a local studio.

    In 2010 Chris was accepted into BYU’s MFA Creative Writing program, taking fiction, non-fiction, YA lit, and theory classes, focussing mostly on short fiction writing. He somehow managed to convince the English Department to let him teach some composition and creative writing courses as part of the program, and took every opportunity to terrorize college freshman and beginning writers with pleasure.

    While Chris learned about the art of writing from his MFA, he learned about the business and the craft by taking classes from Brandon Sanderson, author of the Mistborn series and the Stormlight Archive. With Brandon’s help, Chris realized that he could do what he loved and maybe even make a living at it if he put in the proverbial blood, sweat, and tears. Living that dream is working out well for him so far.

    Chris currently lives in Provo, Utah, where he spends his time writing, reading, writing, hiking, writing, playing video games, and hanging out with his wife, Rachel, and daughter, Buffy. When the writing gets tough, he considers resorting to another master’s degree, or heaven forbid a PhD, at whatever university will let him concentrate on gender and pop-culture studies in the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer…but then he remembers how much he loves what he does, and writes some more.