Dennis R. Upkins was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. A voracious reader, a lifelong geek and a hopeless comic book addict, he knew at an early age that storytelling was his calling.
Receiving an academic scholarship, Upkins graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BA in English. After working as a reporter for a local newspaper for a few years, he moved from Tennessee and relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where he procured a BFA in media arts and animation from the Art Institute of Atlanta.
In 2011, his debut novel, Hollowstone, was released by Parker Publishing.
In addition to writing, Upkins is also a freelance artist and a digital photographer. His artwork and short stories have appeared in a number of publications, most notably Drops of Crimson. And his audio short, "Stranger Than Fiction," can be found at Sniplits.
Upkins critiques and analyzes the representation and portrayal of minorities in comics and media as a regular contributor to Ars Marginal and Prism Comics.
When he’s not out saving the world and/or taking it over in his spare time, Upkins’s hobbies include drawing, modeling, acting, photography, rollerblading, martial arts, and of course, writing.
I write urban fantasy, paranormal, YA, and comic book/superhero fiction that features characters of color and LGBTQs as the main protagonists. This is something that's important to me because we desperately need more diversity in spec fic.
I'm looking to use this event as an opportunity to finish several writing projects: outline a commissioned project for a publisher, finish my novella "West of Sunset," and start work on my novella "Gryphon."