Forged in the crucible of the 1980s, S. Daniel McPhail grew up a stone’s throw away from the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge,where he grew up on a steady diet of Saturday morning cartoons, video games, comic books, role playing games and Japanese animation. This strange brew congealed into a childhood spent behind a keyboard or inside a notebook when he wasn’t going on amazing adventures and shooting amateur movies.
He technically entered adulthood but steadfastly refused to grow up, continuing to not only spend time in fictional worlds but also creating his own. Over the years he would have his written work published in newspapers and literary journals as he continued to inch his way toward completing and selling his first novel.
Somewhere along the way, he was given a digital camera. That point and shoot has evolved into a collection of DSLR bodies and lens and a serious hobby as a photographer specializing in animals, still life and travel photography and a desire to keep learning and improving in both his creative fields.
Today, he lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, a dog, two cats, two guinea pigs and a robotic dinosaur named Snaps. Together, their long term goals include restoring the shattered Eye of Tyr and teaching their enemies the true meaning of Christmas, all set to a soundtrack by Stan Bush.
And instead of an author photo, here are photos of the three fuzzy monsters we share our home with. I don’t like being the subject of photos and besides, I think we can all agree they’re much cuter.