Russell Rowland is a third generation Montanan, born in Bozeman in 1957. He completed a BA in Music Education at Pacific Lutheran University in 1980, with plans of becoming the next Elton John. These plans were derailed by lack of motivation and talent, and until he discovered Raymond Carver, Russell had very little idea what he wanted to do in life. After deciding to become a writer at the age of 28, he gave himself one year to get published. Fifteen years later, IN OPEN SPACES (Harpercollins 2002) hit the bookshelves, making a fairly big splash with a New York Times Review and a week on the San Francisco Chronicle’s bestseller list. Russell completed his MA in Creative Writing from Boston University, and worked at various odd jobs to support his writing, including the finance department at an advertising agency, a video store clerk, a teacher, and writing fortune cookies. His second and third novels, The Watershed Years (Riverbend 2007) and High and Inside (Bangtail Press, 2012) were both finalists for the High Plains Book Award. He lives in Billings, Montana, where he teaches writing workshops and does private consultation with other writers.
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