Blair Peery was raised in Charlotte, N.C., a thriving city in the American South. He has been writing all his life. Foremost among his literary influences are Jack Vance and J.R.R. Tolkien. Mr. Peery is married and well on his way to geezer-hood, his birth year being lost in the mists of time (1956). Early on, his interests spilled over into acting, competitive fencing, computer science, and teaching. Lately he has decided to chuck it all and concentrate on writing. Was this a good idea? The jury is still out.