A.J. Ortega is a native Texan living in Utah. He has lived all over the Lone Star State but still calls El Paso his home. His focus as a writer is short fiction, which is inspired by living in the Southwest. He is currently working on his first book, a collection of short stories. He also writes poetry, creative non-fiction, and book reviews. Some of his work has appeared in The Rio Grande Review, Front Porch Journal, American Book Review, Southwest American Literature, and various newspapers.