I’m Travis “T.A.” Senzaki, author of epic fantasy in the wold of Tal Deorai.
My books blend my passion for adventure with my love for learning new things and discovering new ways of thinking. My life has taken me from a sheltered tourist haven, to the opposite side of the globe, and from a career in military intelligence to the world of international higher education (where, oddly enough, I find myself running an office called the “CIA”).
I have been an avid reader since childhood, often with more half-read books in progress than real-life friends, but it wasn’t until settling down after a decade plus of adventure that it occurred to me that I could actually write and share stories that would bring others the same joy that authors like Patricia C. Wrede, JRR Tolkein, J.K. Rowling, Timothy Zahn, Orson Scott Card, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and many others have brought me.
I have a BS in History and Foreign Area Studies from the US Air Force Academy, an MA in Asian Studies from the University of Hawaii, and a degree in hard knocks from nine months in Zabul, Afghanistan and all of those experiences – plus visits to over 30 other countries, and expatriating to Japan – find their way into my stories.
Now, I am the father of three adorable children, the Director of the Center for International Affairs (there’s that CIA) for a Japanese university, and possibly the world’s leading independent expert on Japanese government scholarships, though I can’t be bothered to verify that.
Connect with me:
I’m not terribly active on social media, except when I travel, but you can find me on the usual places:
Twitter: Don’t bother.