About JaymeInside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse is now listed on both Amazon.com and BarnesAndNoble.com for pre-order. Short and Sweet Bio
Jayme Lynn Blaschke is the author of Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse and co-author of the photo book Ghosts of the Chicken Ranch with Lisa Elliott Blaschke. His fiction has appeared in Interzone, Fast Ships, Black Sails and Cross Plains Universe, among other places. He's the former fiction editor of RevolutionSF.com, and former media director for Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. A collected volume of his SF-themed interviews, Voices of Vision: Creators of Science Fiction and Fantasy Speak, is available from the University of Nebraska Press. Blaschke lives in New Braunfels, Texas, where he is currently working on a YA science fiction novel titled Sailing Venus.
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I grew up in Columbus, Texas, just about a stone's throw from La Grange. My orthodontist was in La Grange. In high school, more often than not Columbus and La Grange were in the same district, so we played them in football, basketball, baseball... you name it. Once a month or so we'd pile into our cars and drive to dances at the Roundup Hall. I even dated a La Grange girl or two on occasion. Suffice to say, I grew up well-acquainted with stories of the long-closed Chicken Ranch.
After high school I attended Texas A&M University, which exposed me to an entirely new mythology surrounding the Chicken Ranch. While at A&M I became heavily involved in the student science fiction club Cepheid Variable as well as the student newspaper, The Battalion. Both of these organizations had a profound influence on me. During this time I made my first tentative efforts to write fiction and attended my first writer's workshop. I graduated in 1992 with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in speech communications, going to work for the Texas newspaper industry first as a general assignments reporter, then moving over to sports. In 1997 I published my first fiction, a time-travel jaunt in the British genre magazine Interzone. A year later I landed a finalist slot in Writers of the Future with a contemporary fantasy short story, and also published my first professional interview. I've since published a dozen or so stories in various markets, started and abandoned a disturbingly high number of novels and published a collected volume of interviews, Voices of Vision: Creators of Science Fiction and Fantasy Speak, with the University of Nebraska Press in 2005. I'm an off and on member in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and served as that organization's director of media relations 2007-2012.
I currently work for the University News Service office at Texas State University in San Marcos. I reside in New Braunfels, where I assist my wife as a second shooter with her photography studio, Lisa on Location, make homebrew beer, wine and mead, and occasionally attempt amateur astronomy under light-polluted skies.