Born in a small town in Pennsylvania, TJ Baer wrote his first novel-length work at the age of thirteen, and spent the majority of his teenage years writing stories, poems, and a rather dramatic emo diary that he would now very much like to burn.
After graduating from college and spending a dull handful of years working a computer job, he ran off to teach English in Japan and ended up living there for four years. He’s been teaching ever since, and now lives in Chicago with his cat, who is a decent enough roommate but never chips in enough for rent.
His debut novel, Talking About Fungus, was published in 2005. Prior to that, his writing was featured in various chapbooks and literary magazines, and his one-act play, Alison’s Box, was performed at a 2004 theater festival in his hometown. He is currently working on a GLBT fantasy novel and a non-fiction account of his time in Japan, though these days most of his time is spent watching episodes of Community and neglecting housework.
TJ can be contacted at TJBaer.