Daniel Pike has suffered the machinations of his muse since the 11th grade, when he originally embarked on his quest to write the great American novel and see his name in print before it dies. Repressed Memories (2000), which he wrote when he was 17 and high on anime, was the result of this early ambition.
"The Wolf of Descarta", which is included in Zharmae's RealLies Anthology (2013), is his first offering as an adult, which he describes as, "a love letter to all the noble knights of the digital age, in whatever shape they may assume."
A true believer in knowing his characters inside and out, Pike drafts the majority of his stories on a 2001 Sony Vaio desktop he christened "Victoria" after the AI from Descarta. He has also been known to don a full suit of armor when teaching Arthurian legends to his British literature classes and to refer to the 1,000+ hours he has logged on his PS3 as "research". He is grateful that his family and friends suffer his quixotic tomfoolery with smiles.
Prior to his stint in education, Pike worked as a staff writer, ghostwriter, and editor. When queried as to why he continues to write as opposed to settling into the lucrative career of a high school English teacher, his response was as follows:
"It's not really a choice. Runners run. Politicians lie. Writers write. I suppose if I had to 'squeeze the universe into a ball' and provide just one sane answer, I would say that writing enables me to better understand myself as an individual. It's cathartic. There's also the impulse to play God and reshape the world through storytelling, and the same sense of escapism we hope our readers enjoy."
His daring plan to one day escape the dehumanizing imposition of adhering to a schedule, which to him is akin to laboring in the salt mines of Carthage, was not directly stated. But in writing, inference is everything.
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