By day, Robert Lay is a Congressional archivist employed at the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at the University of Oklahoma. In layman’s terms, he documents the history of Congress by preserving the records generated by Senators and Representatives. By night he writes novels about people who talk to animals and brew things that require eye of newt. He doesn’t have an agent. Wink wink.
He has been writing off and on since the age of fifteen, when he was convinced that he could write a book just like that Tolkien guy. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Louisiana Tech University, where he studied early Cold War U.S. foreign relations, emphasizing cultural exchange. He is a member of the Society of American Archivists and the Midwest Archives Conference.
In his career, Robert has preserved the political papers of U.S. Senators John Breaux (D-LA) and Robert Dole (R-KS) and Congressmen Glenn English (D-OK) and James Jones (D-OK).
And yes, all that political stuff does come out in his writing.
Though he was born in the bayous of Louisiana, he currently resides in Norman, OK with a Cat of Many Names, but not his significant other (who still lives in the Sunflower State). When he’s not knee deep in politics or working on his next novel, Robert can be found roughing it outdoors, indulging a bad habit for video games and bad movies, or staring absently at merchandise at the local home improvement store.
Find him on Twitter! @R_A_Lay