To become, or not to become, an entomologist? That was my childhood question. Thank Buddha for word processing; I spun my insect-interest into a short story about a psychotic cockroach.
I studied creative writing in community college. While at University of California, San Diego, I co-hosted a weekly poetry reading at a coffee shop in Ocean Beach and wrote my first SF novel.
In Japan, I taught English, drank sake, and wrote a sociocultural hypothesis that might explain how formerly warring Japan became a peace loving culture and arguably the safest society on earth: http://carltonalear.wix.com/kawaiism#%21.
In Okayama, I wrote 893 Crows. It's about a post-graduate student who gets mixed up with the mob (yakuza) in Japan. A while back, I finished The Hover. It's a Gothic horror novel about a fifteen-year-old boy's struggle to survive in a world rife with monsters, and a young man's struggle not to become one. I'm currently writing sequels to both those novels.