Having served as a jet engine mechanic in the Air Force, and the former owner of a restaurant and lounge, Owl Goingback became a full time writer in 1987. He has written numerous novels, children's books, short stories, and magazine articles. He has also ghostwritten novels for celebrities.
His novel Crota won the 1996 Bram Stoker Award for Best First Novel, and was one of four finalists in the Best Novel category. Owl's novel Shaman Moon was published as part of the omnibus edition The Essential World of Darkness. The book draws on his Native American heritage to tell a story of supernatural suspense, as do his other novels Darker than Night and Evil Whispers.
His children's books Eagle Feathers and The Gift have received critical acclaim from both parents and teachers.
Eagle Feathers is a Storytelling World Awards Honor Recipient. The award was presented at the 1998 Annual National Convention of the International Reading Association.
Goingback's shorter works of fiction have appeared in numerous anthologies, including Tales from the Great Turtle, Confederacy of the Dead, Phantoms of the Night, Excalibur, The Book of Kings, When Will You Rage?, Once Upon a Midnight, Quest to Riverworld, Grails: Visitations of the Night, and South from Midnight. His story "Grass Dancer" was a Nebula Award Nominee for best short story of the year.
In addition to his writing, he has lectured throughout the country on the customs and folklore of the American Indians. He has also modeled and done some acting. The author resides in Florida with his wife and two sons.