In high school, mwalimu (then known only as Joe McCauley) was a straight A student in many subjects. Language arts was not one of them them, though with some effort he was able to manage a C, sometimes a B. As he went on to graduate from the University of Illinois with a degree in computer science, writing fiction was the furthest thing from his mind.
That changed when, years later, he became a fan of The Lion King and was struck by an overwhelming urge to write fan fiction in that setting. Some of his stories appeared in the short-lived e-zine, The Pride Lands Online. Although his interest in that film faded after a couple of years, his interest in crafting stories and working to improve his ability as a writer did not.
In the years since then, he has continued to be a reader and intermittently a writer of furry fiction. His works include original stories as well as stories set in the Sabrina storyverse (the latter available from The Raccoon’s Bookshelf). For many years he was content to post his works to his website and other sites such as FurAffinity, but recently has become more interested in getting stories into publications such as anthologies and conbooks. As of September 2012 he has two conbook stories to his credit, Lunch and a Fill-up (Midwest FurFest 2011) and Searching Skunk, Missing Dragon (Mephit FurMeet 2012).
Besides writing and attending furry conventions, mwalimu’s other interests include music (especially classic rock and progressive rock), beer and homebrewing, and railfanning. He may be found online at FurAffinity, LiveJournal, and his seldom-updated personal webpage.