B.C. van Tol

When I was a young girl, my grandfather would look me in the eye and say, “You don’t know what it’s like to be hungry.” Later, I learned that he had narrowly survived the Dutch Famine during WWII, and that he and his mother stole jam from the backs of moving Nazi trucks to survive. Their stories haunted me and were the inspiration and springboard for my earliest childhood writing endeavors.

Since then, I went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English-Creative Writing. Because of my interest in science fiction, I also pursued both undergraduate and graduate courses in biology, chemistry, and engineering.

After college, I entered the publishing industry, serving many roles including assistant editor for business textbooks. I currently work in higher education, supporting (among other things), university writing standards.

In my spare time–when I’m not writing–I shamelessly consume science fiction and fantasy in all forms: books, graphic novels, movies, television. I also enjoy dabbling in watercolors and going hiking with my husband and our dog.

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