Chino is a Britfur based in Hertfordshire, who is commonly known by his main fursona, Kaj, and by his longer-running and more infamous fursona, Talija.
Under the screen-name of Talija (originally "talia_of_shadows"), Chino was on of the first 100 members of the legendary Yiffy.net (joining back when it was Yiffy.info), a site he would later become first a Moderator of, and then an Administrator. After six years of involvement with the site, Chino stepped down as administrator (along with the site's other two admins and all of the moderation team) on the day Yiffy.net ceased to be an independent site and was swallowed up by "Yiffy International" (aka Yiffy.tk).
Still operating under the screen-name of Talija, Chino would later join another furry forum site, called Furry-Within, which was run by a friend and former Yiffy.net colleague, Azhtek. After Azhtek stood down from running the site and handed the reins over to Thalassa, Chino once again found himself helping to run a site, after he and LadyDarkSphynx (aka Ikari) were both invited aboard the staff by Thalassa, who was friends with both and professed a desire for their site-admin experience to help her steady the boat.
When Furry-Within eventually shut down, after Thalassa made the decision that the staff team had done everything it could to try and resurrect a site that had been dying before she took charge, Chino and Ikari teamed up with the third helmsman from their time as admin at Yiffy.net - Micah Raccoon - and started discussing the idea of starting a new furry forum site. Having all had the experience - more than once in the case of Chino and Ikari - of inheriting someone else's ailing site and trying to shape it into their own vision at the same time as trying to revitalise it, they all wanted to work on a site that was truly theirs, and theirs right from the start.
Discussions were slow and careful, with none of the three wanting to rush headlong into making the site without having a clear and unified idea of what they were after, and what direction they wanted to take - specifically, a fur-friendly (but not exclusively furry) writing and roleplaying forum site with a focus on character, setting, and idea development, where more experienced writers would look to share their knowledge and experience with younger writers, instead of indulging in the elitist snobbery found on so many other sites.
When the details had all been thrashed out, the trio started up a testing ground for the site on Chino's homesite, Illecebra Isle, inviting just a few friends to help them test out ideas. The first incarnation, Masque (a Masquerade-themed site) quickly made way for the current name of Byblos (a Greco-Roman drama themed site), which was shortly thereafter launched into an invite-only beta, and eventually opened its doors fully in January 2011.
Chino is a freelance writer in his late-20s who lives in Hertfordshire, together with his wife and four adorable but definitely rather retarded cats.
Chino works professionally as a property developer, having previously worked in recruitment, and logistics, and is currently studying part-time for a degree. Chino is a football nut, and a supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, as well as his local side, Stevenage FC, while also retaining a fondness for Dutch giants AFC Ajax.
In his free time, Chino reads a variety of genres (and writes on an even wider variety), and is a major fan of both Terry "Pterry" Pratchett and Iain M. Banks. He is also an avid collector of trivia, and simultaneously the best person to have on a pub quiz team and the worst person to get stuck in a lift with.
He likes purple Skittles the best but is not a fan of red Wine Gums.