Gordon Mustain is a 57-year-old writer, philosopher, and jewelry artisan living in Tucson, Arizona. A Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, he is the co-author (with fellow Tucsonan Stoney Livingston) of the novel Apache Tears, published in 1996. He has written for several daily and weekly newspapers and his short fiction, poetry, and essays have appeared in The Awareness Journal; Man, Alive! ; Alchemy; Scene; Talking From the Heart; and The Los Angeles Free Press.
'I've been writing on Afterimages for more than thirty years, now,' he says. 'Every time I thought it was done, the scope expanded. Somewhere in one of the early drafts I found a character saying something which I've tried to live up to in my writing ever since: 'Before you presume to ask someone to spend part of their time, man, part of their holy life which they can never get back, reading something you've written, you better make damn sure what you're giving them to read is worth that kind of investment. If it's not, then you're stealing their life in bits, you dig? Now, when you're sure you've got something as real and important as life itself for me to read, then ask me again.''