Married: July 15, 2013
Barry has earned degrees in English and French from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and a Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. Tinseltown, a Finalist in the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, is Barry’s first novel. His novel The Celestial won the Gold Medal in the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards and was a Finalist in the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. His novel Paradise at Main and Elm, and two collections of short stories—A Special Kind of Folk and Reunion—were all Finalists in the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards. When not embroiled in his own writing, Barry sips wine, nibbles on chocolate, and watches films and TV—both the classic and the cheesy. David Skanderson is an economist who works in consulting on issues related to financial institution regulation and litigation, particularly on consumer protection regulations. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Rochester, and a B.A. with majors in Economics and Italian from the California State University, Sacramento. David was born and raised in Northern California. When he is not working, he can be found practicing karate and aikido, and tending the garden.
Together since 1988: 27 years.
Barry Brennessel (born January 1, 1964)
David Skanderson (born November 1, 1963)
Anniversary: July 15, 1988 / Married: July 15, 2013
Dave and I met at a Memorial Day party. I was talking with a friend, and I saw Dave walk out onto the patio, and it was one of those Who Is THAT? moments. He noticed me, too, from across the room (well, we were outside, so I guess technically it was across the yard) and soon banter turned to flirting turned to a first date. And how well I remember that date. We went to the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester, New York. I was driving a Ford Escort at the time, which had been hit on the driver’s side by someone changing lanes without looking, so I had to crawl over the passenger seat to get in and out of the car. So graceful! Afterward we went back to Dave’s apartment where he showed off his gourmet cooking skills. The chemistry was there from the get-go, and I think that is why we have been together so long. It is just a perfect combination. Dave is the serious one, and I am the comic relief. He enjoys cooking, and I love the challenge of bringing the kitchen back to pristine order. As important is the stuff we enjoy together: gardening, travel, languages, movies, reading, and wine. We were married last year on our 25th anniversary. And I am already thinking about what kind of cake we should have for our 50th. - Barry Brennessel
Days of Love edited by Elisa Rolle
Release Date: September 21, 2014
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