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Dan and Janet, Sullivan's Island, SC, June 2009.

Dan and Janet, Sullivan’s Island, SC, June 2009.

Dan Conover is a novelist, freelancer and market gardener outside Easley, SC.

Before moving to the South Carolina Upstate in 2016, Conover spent 22 years in Charleston, SC, working as a reporter, editor, web director, videographer, freelance writer, illustrator, web-designer and media technology consultant. He spent 14 years with The (Charleston) Post and Courier, becoming the newspaper’s city editor and web director while winning the state’s highest individual journalism honor (Journalist of the Year) in 2005. Before his move to Charleston in 1994, Conover worked for newspapers in Shelby, Waynesville and Chapel Hill, NC.

Between 2008 and 2016, Conover worked a series of gigs as a freelance writer, speaker and web designer, but also worked for a Chicago-based tech consulting firm and a local bicycle shop before founding Xarktopia LLC with his wife, Janet Edens, in 2010. He worked as the director of marketing and communications for the Charleston Battery soccer club from 2014-2016. During his tenure, the club, founded in 1993, set a new single-season attendance record. Attendance plunged after his departure.

In July 2016  the Conovers moved to a 35-acre family farm in Pickens County, SC. They made the move permanent in the fall of 2017 with the sale of their home in Charleston.

Conover is the author of four novels (Another Goddamn Novel About The Collapsing Quantum MultiverseBokur, A Madness and Siobeth) and is a lapsed member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. His science fiction short stories have appeared in four paperback anthologies. He completed the first draft of his fifth novel, Chene, in 2017, and wrote the next two books in the Chene Trilogy — Llyr and Gwynyr, in 2018.  He is currently working with others to prepare the trilogy, and himself, for an agent search.

Though born in Chicago, he grew up in North Carolina, attending high school in McLeansville (1981), North Carolina Governor’s School West in Winston-Salem (1980) and Appalachian State University in Boone. He served in the U.S. Army from 1984-1988 as a tanker and border operator with the 2d Armored Cavalry Regiment in Germany, and as a tanker, scout and Training NCO with the  3d Armored Cavalry Regiment in Texas, rising to the rank of sergeant

In 1990, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on the GI Bill.  In 2010 he received his certification as a mechanic from the United Bicycle Institute of Portland, Ore., and operated CHS Uptown Bikes, a mobile repair service, from 2012-15.

Dan married graphic designer and writer Janet Edens Conover in 1999. They raised four children (David Hartsell, Luke Conover, Lee Hartsell and Callie Hartsell) from previous marriages to adulthood, and remain convinced that their kids are better than your kids.

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