About Gregory Mahan
Gregory L. Mahan was born on November 7, 1969 and grew up in Pasadena, Texas. Gregory taught himself to read at the age of four, and began reading anything he could get his hands on. In kindergarten, he was so dissatisfied with the small selection of “kids’ books” that he was allowed to choose from that he made a deal with his teacher: if he could read a more difficult book, and prove that he understood it, he would earn a note that would give him permission to read anything in the library. After submitting a book report on Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle, the note was his.
He soon discovered the works of Andre Norton and fell in love with the science fiction and fantasy genres. By the end of the school year, he had devoured all of her books that the library had to offer.
From an early age, Gregory knew that he wanted to be a writer. At the age of eight, he even asked for (and received!) a manual typewriter as a Christmas gift. Soon he was pounding out short stories for his friends and family to read. His dream of becoming an author persisted throughout high school, but then life got in the way, as it so often does. Still, throughout his life, he continued to write short stories and story fragments for himself and his circle of friends.
When he showed some of his old writing samples to his wife, she encouraged him to expand on and finish one story in particular—the story of Randall Miller. And so, after much hard work, A Touch of Magic was born.
In addition to reading and writing fiction, Gregory has had a life-long interest in the martial arts, training in various styles on and off since he was a child. His latest obsession is Brazillian Jiu Jitsu, and trains as time allows.
Gregory has also played the irish tinwhistle since 1995, performing with various bands in and around the Houston and Dallas areas. His CD, Paddy Gone Wild: The Greatest Hits was released in 1998, and can be found on Amazon and iTunes. He created and has maintained one of the earliest irish music and tinwhistle sites on the internet since 1996, The Wandering Whistler Music Archives.
Gregory lives with his family in Virgina.