Born in Oakland, California into a theatrical and operatic family (literally and hyperbolically), I found epic drama and stirring music difficult to escape. I ultimately gave in. I enjoy complex feats of world building, gritty, sweeping science fiction, mysteries of any sort, snappy dialogue, and most of all, dynamic characters with conflicting dreams and world views insecurities and anxieties.
Top of the Lake
the Red Mars trilogy, Kim Stanley Robinson
the Discoverers trilogy, Daniel J. Boorstin
Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy
Unique traits: Works extremely well under pressure, can spell.