Donald L. Hardy
A San Francisco Bay Area resident for the past twelve years, Donald Hardy moved from the east coast, where he had lived since childhood, while trapped in the grip of a midlife crisis of Biblical proportions, and lives in a small, tree shaded cottage with a very conversational Schnauzer named Schultz and too many books.
He began writing after moving west and dumping his television, and has gradually expanded his output. In early 2011 he adapted and directed a one night reading of Saki: the Short Stories of H.H. Munro. His 2010 two-part stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice for the Butterfield 8 Theater Company was popular with audiences and critics alike, and was revived in 2011 for a second successful run. His first novel, Lovers' Knot, was released in December of 2009 by Running Press to critical acclaim. Other work includes Space/Time Magic, (as editor) by Taylor Ellwood, for Immanion Press, and his biographical essay Puppy Whipped was published in Paws And Reflect (by Alyson Press). He is currently researching material for two books, a novel set on the islands off the west coast of Ireland, and another set in Elizabethan England.
When he isn’t writing -- or catering to the demands of Schultz -- he can be found onstage or in rehearsal with Butterfield 8, usually performing in Shakespeare with a twist. On certain weekends, he’s an avid Renaissance (Faire) Man — proving that even when he’s offstage, he’s onstage.
He has discovered, in the writing of this biography, that speaking of himself in the third person is strangely appealing, and is struggling with his desire to break into the royal first person plural. He fears he may fail, and so will end, lest he offend even more.