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Danny Birt: Biography

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Award-winning author Danny Birt was born about three decades ago in Washington State to Irish and Californian parents, and has since lived in Idaho, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Hawaii, Virginia, and North Carolina. He attended high school at New Mexico Military Institute, studied music therapy and psychology at Loyola University New Orleans, and most recently graduated from Shenandoah University with his Master's Degree in Music Therapy.

Danny has been a contributing author to several sci-fi, fantasy, and professional magazines, anthologies, and journals, as well as a writer for an app. Formerly, he was an editor for Flashing Swords Magazine and Ancient Tomes Press, and is now a freelance editor. His fantasy series “The Laurian Pentology” is being published through Dark Quest Books, starting with "Ending an Ending." His first children's/YA novel "Between a Roc and a Hard Place" won recognition with The National Parenting Center’s 2010 Seal of Approval, Creative Child Magazine's 2010 Seal of Excellence, and was named one of Dr. Toy's Best Picks of 2010.

In addition to literary publication, Danny composes classical and filk music, such as his nonstop hour-long piano solo “Piano Petrissage,” and the ever-peculiar album “Warped Children’s Songs.” Danny's humorous music has been featured on radio and internet programs such as The Dr. Demento Show and The Funny Music Project.

Career hats Danny has worn other than author, editor, and composer include being a music therapist, a massage therapist, a college instructor and program director, a wedding photographer, an on-screen actor, a lifeguard, and a business consultant.

Currently Danny lives in Virginia where, in his spare time, he enjoys engaging in his hobby of finding new hobbies.