Bob Brown has many interests -- science fiction, raising chickens, koi and goldfish, as well as playing with his dogs and writing.
He's a scientist by day but gives his left brain a rest while letting loose his right brain after hours.
The result is a variety of books for adults and children, alike.
His latest is a children's story, The Damsel, the Dragon and the Knight, recently published by Sky Warrior Books.
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His own interest in literature started at a young age, and it didn't take long for a fascination with science fiction and fantasy to grow.
"When I was a kid, I read the myths and legends from the Greeks and Romans, and I read about the early kings in the Bible," said Brown.
Then he saw an episode of the original Star Trek TV series at a friend's house, and the fascination with sci-fi and fantasy began.
Brown's other works include The Lost Enforcer, the first in a planned three-part fantasy series.
He's also working on a novel about the conflicts between God and Satan, set against the biblical story of Lilith and involving the archangels Michael and Gabriel.
"I also have two short stories coming out soon in anthologies," he said. "One is Steampunk, set in 1830 Wales. The second is a humorous zombie story set in a Kennewick brew pub titled, How Beer Saved the World."
The setting for that tale isn't a mystery when you consider where he spends much of his creative writing time.
He lives with his wife of 26 years in the quiet countryside of Kiona near Benton City, but he does much of his writing on a laptop in the bustle of the Atomic Ale Brew Pub in Richland.
Brown grew up with eight sisters and two brothers in Texas, which meant his childhood home was probably louder than a busy ale house.
"I find that when I write, I go into a deep focus, and the noise is a comforting (background) sound," Brown said. "The chair is comfortable, the staff brings me unlimited iced tea, and there is no internet, so I'm free of any distraction. My soul is weak when it comes to the internet."
For now, he writes part time but would love to make it a full-time job.
"Right now, my day-job is as a scientist for Washington River Protection," said Brown, who moved to the Tri-Cities in 1986. "I am on the entry level of writing, but from the perspective of where I started, this success is wonderful."
And so far his readers agree.
Reviews on Amazon, where his new children's tale reached No. 3, are glowing, mostly because the story brings together a knight in shining armor, a damsel in distress and a dragon who learns about tolerance and compassion.
One reader wrote, "I'm not a kid and I loved the story. My grandson is going to love it. The Dragon is an absolutely loveable character."
The Damsel, the Dragon and the Knight sells for $2.99 for the Kindle version.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; email@example.com; Twitter: @dorioneal