Wayne’s first contact with Palladium Books® was in the Spring of 1997, when he came by the office to trade Star Wars action figures to Kevin Siembieda who was collecting them at the time. Wayne volunteered to help pack and ship new releases at the Palladium warehouse and got paid in trade with Palladium product. He hit it off with Kevin and crew, and was asked to try his hand at proofreading. Next came a try at editing. Before long, Wayne was brought onboard as a freelance editor, and by March 1998, he found himself a full-time employee and Editor-in-Chief of The Rifter®, a position he has held ever since.
Like most staff members at Palladium, Wayne Smith fills more than one role. As the man behind The Rifter® he reads and assesses submissions, and selects, edits, and tweaks the ones that see print. Wayne also does typesetting and final layout of all publications, handles special projects, is the staff computer tech, keeps Rifts continuity in line, helps develop concepts, edits all of Palladium’s new book releases, does a little graphic design and is an all around troubleshooter. Every book produced in the last 13 years has Wayne’s fingerprints on it.
Wayne was born in Michigan in 1975, and has a background in computer sciences and theater. He is an avid role-player and video gamer. Wayne is a big Detroit Red Wings hockey fan, plays golf and has a pet turtle named Crash. He is widely feared around the office for his uncanny prowess at both foosball and air hockey.