I am not Brad Murgen. My real name is Jeff Bumgardner, and Brad Murgen is an anagram of my last name. I chose this nom de plume because I figured it would be easier for people to remember and spell correctly (people usually misspell Bumgardner) and because it was unique in terms of the internet (no other Brad Murgens, many Jeff Bumgardners). Think of it as my creative brand.
I have been writing fiction on and off since the late 90s, since my college days, but never got serious about publishing anything until the last 5 years or so. I've held a variety of jobs in a wide array of industries – corn detasseling, fast food (Taco Bell), a box factory, a mailroom, an insurance company, drummer in a death metal band, a registrar in an emergency room, finance and data mining in telecommunications, iOS app developer, technical writer – and will probably hold a few more before all is said and done.
Vyrastas is my all-purpose gaming handle. I typically use an avatar featuring my cat, Goblin, staring at a computer screen. You can see it in the "About Me" on the sidebar to the right. If you see a Vyrastas or a Goblin-cat avatar out there it's probably me.
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I currently live in San Jose, CA with my wife, Amy, and of course, our loudmouth cat Goblin.