HARDBARNED! The Bio

Someone once told Christopher J. Driver he had "gentle eyes." Born in Kansas, Chris didn't stay long and has since traveled to all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Europe but has mostly lived in Tennessee.

Today, he writes a wide variety of creative, often technical content for the digital design team of an award-winning advertising agency. Prior to that, he wrote for the marketing department of a software developer, after spending five years as a technical writer at a healthcare nonprofit. He has published freelance, academic and popular culture essays and enjoys occasional blogging about movies, music, TV, books, video games, comics, cooking, camping and travel. Above all, Chris considers his writing skills versatile.

He likes old Volvos, hardcover comic collections, Adrian McKinty novels and epic stories of adventure and survival. He admires Nikki Giovanni's poetry and nonfiction by Jon Krakauer, Anthony Bourdain, Henry Rollins, Barbara Ehrenreich, Werner Herzog, David Sedaris, George Carlin, Matthew Crawford and Ta-Nehisi Coates, to name a few favorites.

Chris loves all kinds of movies, wrote his master's thesis on Blade Runner and Soderbergh's underrated version of Solaris. The Star Wars prequels are dead to him, but he really liked THX-1138. He loves the work of Terry Gilliam, Stanley Kubrick, Darren Aronofsky and Jeff Nichols, thinks Michael Keaton was the best Batman and considers Grosse Pointe Blank and Planes, Trains and Automobiles to be masterpieces.

He loves music, too. Favorites include anything by Eric Bachmann, Blake Schwarzenbach, Kathleen Edwards, J. Robbins, Fugazi, Rancid, Versus (the Merge records one), Baroness, Mastodon, Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin and Billy Joel. He relishes spicy Asian cuisines and India Pale Ales, campfires by a river, ‘80s-era pro tennis, ‘50s and ‘60s jazz, the occasional video game and the rare joy of warm, salt-water scuba diving.

Other than his career as a professional writer and three years as a barn-hauling truck driver, a few of his previous jobs included stints as a touring punk rocker, a magazine distribution account executive, a computer and shoe salesman, a ditch digger, a restaurant dishwasher, prep-cook, busboy, server and cashier; a grocery bagger, a paperboy, an automobile valet, an Alaskan-fishing-boat-deck-swabber, construction worker and snow-shoveler; a landscaper, a house painter, a souvenir-shop salt-water-taffy stockboy, a collegiate writing instructor and ESL tutor, a hotel bellhop, and a clerk at two video-rental stores and a beachside bikini shop.