Christopher Mowder is a writer of science fiction, fantasy and thriller stories.

A native of Kansas (🌻), he graduated in 2007 from Washburn University with degrees in business marketing and economics. He then spent a decade in various marketing roles, successfully rising from Coffee-Getting Specialist to Senior Manager of Bad Powerpoint Presentations. In 2016 he happily gave up Cubicle-ville to be a full-time dad following the birth of his daughter. Now instead of suits and sales meetings, he gets libraries and playgrounds, and is much happier. (Truth be told, the business world does prepare you well to praise others for making good poops.)

He’s been an avid writer and reader all his life, and traces his start in speculative fiction to Mrs. Harrell’s 4th grade elementary class, when the students were asked to write their very own spooky Halloween stories. He started writing more seriously after college, once he realized there were no wizards, dragons or aliens in insurance marketing. (Though he did meet some very strange lawyers that might have been lizard people.)

In 2012, his first novel was a quarterfinalist for the now-defunct Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. Publisher’s Weekly praised it as “intelligent” with “strong dialogue” and “sharp prose,” though ultimately it was not selected for publication. From 2013-14 he studied in the UCLA Writer’s Program, and began publishing short fiction in 2015. For a partial list of his stories, please see the Published Work page. As of 2020 he is at work on a new novel.