My name is Griffin Asher and I am a maker.

Yes, that’s right. A maker. I make things. I could say I’m a writer, a knitter, a spinner, a painter, a taxidermist, a woodworker, a seamstress, a cook, a gardener. I can say all those things, but it’s easier to say I’m a maker. I make things. Big and small. Cloth, wood, leather and earth.

Besides the things I make, there are things I do. Swordsmanship, primarily. I started with Olympic fencing (saber and foil), then moved on to more historical things (longsword, rapier and dagger). Besides fencing, my little dog and I like hiking in the mountains.

My writing falls under both things I make and things I do, though a text file on my computer is less corporeal than the bookshelves I made. I write fantasy and sci-fi stories whose subjects and worlds vary quite a bit from book to book. But I do love a story with a Happily Ever After. I am a member of the local Romance Writers of America chapter and I was Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month for 6 years.

My day job is taxidermy. I’ve been doing that for about 16 years now. I started when my dad (who started the family business) needed some help out in the shop one year, so I decided to give him a hand. I never stopped. Now dad has retired and the business is mine. I’ve mounted anything from porcupines to moose. Buffalo, deer, bear, elk.

I only have two rules for what I won’t do: No pets. No people.