Ty Frank’s lifelong love of science fiction — strongest influences, Alfred Bester and Roger Zelazny—led him to construct highly-detailed and thoroughly thought out SF environments for tabletop RPGs. A friend recruited him for a prospective MMO computer game, a project that did not finalize but left him with a wealth of researched material that would eventually see print in The Expanse series of novels.
Along the way to the success of the Expanse series, the TV adaptation of which is now filming a second season for the SyFy channel, Ty attended a writer’s workshop taught by Orson Scott Card resulting in a story that was ultimately his first professional sale, to the magazine “Orson Scott Cards Intergalactic Medicine Show.” Later, time spent as George R.R. Martin’s office manager gave him insights into the business of publishing.
Ty met author Daniel Abraham at Albuquerque’s Bubonicon convention; they became acquainted after Ty and his wife moved to Albuquerque and Daniel joined in on the RPG games Ty hosted. Abraham, with several novels already published, was impressed with the detailed tabletop games Ty presented and suggested they should collaborate on a novel set in the story’s universe, and the Expanse series was born.
Says Ty: The pen name is Daniel’s middle name, my middle name, and his daughter’s initials. It’s intended to have the same sound as those grouchy SF writers of the 70s who drank too much at conventions and berated their fans. Daniel and I both love those guys.