georgetysonGeorge Tyson was born 65 years ago in a Washington, D.C. hospital that has since been demolished. It gives him a weird feeling that he can’t see where he was born.

He became interested in writing in 12th grade when his English teacher, Ms. Doris Rodin, worked hard to clean up his writing style which had previously been ponderous and choking on adverbs and adjectives. In fact, his initial career plan was to become a college English teacher which, he believed, would leave him time to write. However, he went to Medical School instead because he had an interest in that profession, too, and believed that it would be less risky than becoming a writer. He eventually became a neurosurgeon and was the Chief of Neurosurgery at a major teaching hospital for more than a decade.

Dr. Tyson writes as a hobby. Although he had started three novels before writing The Never King, the only book that he’d previously published was a textbook (Head Injury Management for Providers of Emergency Care). The idea for The Never King first occurred to him more than 30 years ago when he was living in England. In writing the book, he was mentored by Ms. Hilary Metcalf Costa who tactfully but effectively critiqued his style through the course of many drafts.

Although many professional writers recommend it, Dr. Tyson did not outline The Never King before he started to write it. Instead, he let the book write itself. He says that he simply wrote down what he “saw” as the story played in his mind like a movie. In fact, some of the book came to him in dreams.

In writing The Never King, Dr. Tyson relied on his knowledge of Celtic folk-lore. Indeed, he has an extensive library of works on that subject. The library reflects his interest in the history of Western religions, an interest that he first developed in 8th grade when he was befriended by a rather scholarly minister in a local church.

In terms of his education, Dr. Tyson is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and graduated near the top of his class at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. More recently, he graduated first in his M.B.A. class at the Stern School of Business at New York University.

He is currently a hospital administrator and lives with his wife and four black shelter cats on Long Island. He is already writing another book which his daughter Diana (a.k.a. The Bedwyr Press) will also publish.