Novellist, Programmer, Would be murderer?
When not slaving away within the sterile environs of a drab gray cubicle, one of millions that populate the deep dark recesses of Corporate America, Dayton spends his evenings and weekends in pursuit of a pseudo-second career: writing. His first career being a software developer for a big greedy company.
Before he got into writing, and involved with Corporate America, Dayton spent the first eleven years of his post-high school life serving in the United States Marine Corps. He jokes that his most traumatic experience since then has been having to coordinate his own clothes.
"After all, the private sector tends to look at you funny when you wear the same thing to work everyday. And for some reason, a lot of companies discourage camouflage in their dress codes. Go figure."
He credits his interest in writing to being a Star Trek fan.
"I’ve been a follower of the show since the womb, I’m told. My earliest memories of watching television involve Captain Kirk and company. Though I’m too young to have seen the show during its original run, I grew up on the reruns."
Reading various books over the years, Dayton decided that it would be fun to write a story of his own. He started by writing fan fiction, taking correspondence writing courses and attending the odd writing seminar. However, it wasn’t until Pocket Books announced their first Star Trek: Strange New Worlds writing contest, that he decided to take a stab at the big time. He credits his good pal Deebz for giving him the push to enter the contest.
Dayton often collaborates with Kevin Dilmore on various Star Trek projects. His most recent tales include: Paths of Disharmony – Star Trek: Typhon Pact (Feb 2011), A Batman for All Ages (Feb 2011), Counter-Protest (Oct 2010), Into the Abyss – Full-Throttle Space Tales #4: Space Horrors (Oct 2010), What’s Past – Star Trek: Corps of Engineers (Aug 2010 w/Dilmore), Counterstrike: The Last World War, Book II (May 2010), and The First Peer – Star Trek: Seven Deadly Sins (Mar 2010 w/Dilmore).
Mr. Ward also contributes to the ForgottenFlix.com and Tor.com websites. This year he released How to Write With Your Best Friend and Not Kill Each Other, which seems to be a work of non-fiction at this point.