I was born in Los Angeles in 1960, moved to Laguna Beach in 1970, headed north in 1978 and currently vibrate rapidly between the North and South Pacific. I attended the University of Oregon for a bit, then lived for many years in San Francisco, writing short fiction and novels while working as a secretary, until computer games and I discovered each other. In 1997, I joined Valve Software, where I helped write and design Half-Life, Half-Life 2, and both HL2 Episodes. I spent four years as the lead writer on DOTA 2, generating four hundred years’ worth of puns. Since leaving Valve in 2016, I am back to my own devices, whatever those might be.