My name is Chris Rosser and I'm a technical writer, author and blogger. I was born in Wales in the last months of the 1970s and migrated to Australia with my family at the age of 7. I was educated at the University of Melbourne where I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in history and archaeology and a Master of Arts in editing and communication. Today, I live in Ringwood, Australia with my wife, Bonnie, and our three children, Aneirin, Macsen and Isolde.
My first and most enduring love is the love of books and stories. I've been writing seriously since my mid teens and since 2007 I've been a regular Nanowrimo participant.
My influences as a writer are too many to do justice in a single paragraph. In retrospect, those influences go much further than simply a list of my favourite authors. Credit must be given to my family and friends, teachers and lecturers, film, television, games, travel and the myriad other things that have touched my life.
Technology has also played a major part in my personal, creative and professional life. A self-confessed nerd and child of the 80s, I grew up along side the personal computer. It's as familiar to me as pens, paper and typewriters were to the generations that came before.
I'm passionate about climate change and social issues, although I'm not political active: indeed I don't see these as political issues. They are important to all mankind. I am a member of Transition Towns Maroondah for whom I'm the webmaster and a regular contributor of articles and posts.
About the name
Chris Rosser is a nom de plume, but one that's close to my identity and heart. Rosser is the family name of my mother, Siân, a lecturer and academic at Cardiff University. Rosser is the Welsh form of Roger, a name introduced to South Wales during the Norman Conquest.
I decided nearly fifteen year ago to adopt the name as a hat-tip to my mother who was instrumental in cultivating my love of books, history and archaeology.
Names go to the heart of everyone's identity. Like many people caught between two cultures and countries, identity is something I've struggled with and reflected on for years. Rosser is a good fit.
About the site
I've maintained this website in various forms and through several reboots since 2006. I started it not long after my career as a technical writer took off. It was intended to help me focus on fiction writing when the realities of work, marriage and everyday life made it harder to find time to write.
Over the years, my interests in coding and productivity have bled into the site and many of my articles focus on introducing writers to scripting and power-user features to help structure the creative process.