P. W. Fox, a.k.a. Wayne Howard, although born in Mississippi,
grew up in Nevada, Japan and Guam, returning to Mississippi
when he began high school.   He attended college in Mississippi
where he received a degree in chemistry from Mississippi State
University, and after working as a plant chemist for two years, he
returned to the university, for graduate study in geology and
geochemistry both at Mississippi State and the University of Texas
at Dallas.  On leaving school, he worked for a number of years in
the oil and gas industry in Texas before moving to Oregon, where
he has lived for the last 19 years.

He has always been drawn to fiction writing and won a story
writing contest at the age of nine.  He began but later abandoned a
science fiction novel while an undergraduate at Mississippi State
University.  In recent years he began a more deliberate and
sustained effort, producing short plays, poems, short stories and
meditations as well as lyrics for choral pieces.  Current projects
include a science fiction novel and a children’s story.