The son of a military officer, Mr. Hunt moved around a great deal when he was young, thirteen times by his ninth birthday, including to Clarksville Tennessee, and Frankfurt and Stuttgart in then West Germany before settling down in Worthington, OH. While getting concurrent BA and BS degrees in Classical Humanities and Psychology at the Ohio State University, Mr. Hunt worked as a roadie, and ran lights and sound for the cover-band Kax (pronounced like “axe”). Soon after graduating, he moved to Chicago to pursue writing. Several of his short stories from these early days in Chicago won honors and commendations both in the US and the UK.
Then in 1990, he co-founded and ran the Rudely Elegant Theater in the edgy Wicker Park neighborhood, where he co-wrote and produced the long running play Barbie: The Fantasies. But Urbus Orbis, the coffee shop above the small theater, didn’t care for the comedy—too much laughter disrupted business. The owner, seeing people bringing beer to the sold-out shows, concocted false accusations of illegal alcohol sales, and the city closed it down.
Undaunted, he moved onto Loxley Hall Productions, an educational film company, where he quickly rose to assistant producer. There, he accumulated several industry awards for educational videos, as well as working on music, and music video projects with the company’s founder. Their short film There’s no Such Thing as a Chanukah Bush, Sandy Goldstein, won the 1998 Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programing, as well as 5 international film awards.
Mr. Hunt then decided to turn his energy toward writing again, and after a six-month sabbatical in Mexico City where he began work on a novel that would eventually become A Perfect Blindness, he moved to New York City and earned his Master of Arts in English at CCNY. While in school, he gave readings around New York City, including at KGB Bar.
After turns at Moving.com as a content editor and teaching expository writing at City College New York, he wrote “The Wine Hunter” column for vino.com, drawing on his work as a sommelier at a French restaurant in Manhattan.
W. Lance Hunt now works as a freelance writer and editor, living in Brooklyn with his wife and son. From there, he works on One Candle in the Darkness, his Enlightenment themed blog, while writing his next novels.