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Joshua Swainston has worked as a marine voyage coordinator, mechanic, merchant sailor, courier, loan shark, club promoter, Ryder truck rental agent, McDonald’s grill cook, taxi driver, valet, coffee roaster, wine distributor, psychologist assistant, UPS man, Disney Store stock boy, and played Santa Claus. His short stories and flash fiction are printed in The First Line, Revolt Daily, Out of the Gutter as well as others.

Joshua lives in Tacoma, WA with is family. He has lived throughout the west coast, and traveled all over the world, but, by some magnetic force, still keeps coming home to Tacoma.

The Tacoma Pill Junkies is Joshua's first novel.