A former attorney, newspaperman, and newspaper editor, he graduated from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in 1987. As an undergraduate, he studied the Great Books program at St. John's College of Maryland in 1984. He was admitted to the practice of law in three jurisdictions (New York, May 1989; Maryland, December 1990; Washington, DC, January 1994). His law practice was unsuccessful and drove him into bankruptcy soon thereafter. He then worked for the newspaper St. Mary's Today. He currently works as a technical writer in Virginia, where he lives with his wife, fellow author L. Jagi Lamplighter (St. John's College of Maryland, class of 1985), and their children. At the age of 42, Wright converted from atheism to Christianity citing a profound religious experience with visions of the "Virgin Mary, her son, and His Father-not to mention various other spirits and ghosts over a period of several days" and claiming that prayers he made were answered. In 2008, he converted to the Roman Catholic Church, of which he approvingly stated: "If Vulcans had a church, they'd be Catholics." For several years, Wright has made regular posts to his website on many topics, especially science fiction.