IMG_0450Bryan Dumas was born in Southern California and spent much of his youth traveling with his family throughout Europe, Mexico and Canada which fostered his love of geography, history, and travel.

Bryan grew up wanting to follow his father’s footsteps and join the Air Force and eventually become a commercial airline pilot, but he was diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis his freshmen year of high school dashing all dreams of flight. Being young and stubborn, as most teenagers are, and told that he could no longer do the things he loved (cycling, surfing, and tennis), Bryan gave up. If it wasn’t for a pesky art teacher who saw potential in him, who knows where he might have ended up. That art teacher encouraged Bryan’s love of the arts and nudged him into writing. At his request, Bryan applied to and was accepted into the California State Summer School for the Arts’ writing program. He hasn’t stopped writing since.

Though he enjoyed writing and took a number of writing and English classes in college with the intention of earning a Creative Writing degree, his father told him that there was no way that he’d pay for a degree that would never earn him a decent living. So, Bryan became a history major. No, the irony is not lost on either of them.

Doing the only thing one can do with a degree in history, Bryan has taught U.S. History (all levels from Special Ed. to Advanced Placement), geography, world history, and economics at both the high school and middle school levels.

Bryan had secured literary representation for a political thriller–Dire Isolation–but his agent retired from representing writers to focus solely on editing leaving Bryan out searching again for representation. In the mean time, he has begun writing a historical fiction work based on the Great Chicago Fire offering a new twist to the cause and a YA novel set in the early 1980s dealing with AIDS and society.

Bryan lives in Colorado with his wife and son.