Dan Goss Anderson grew up mostly in the desert southwest. After a stint in the Marine Corps, he worked as a janitor, factory worker, and landscaper, until finally returning to school to study creative writing. He completed a Master of Fine Arts degree in fiction writing at the University of Arizona, and went on to teach college writing courses and to freelancing for various publications. In his forties, he once again returned to school, this time to study law, and became a public defender. He now lives in southern Arizona, where he divides his time between fiction writing and the practice of law.