Ever since I was little, I’ve loved stories. When I was young, my parents would read to me and my sister, everything from C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia, to Brian Jacques’s Redwall, to Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber (which my dad edited for his seven-year-old). In high school, I decided to take a stab at this whole writing thing, and entered a thousand word short story in a contest to be published in a magazine. I received word that I won about a week before the magazine went out of business (without publishing my story). Still, it was enough to get me hooked.
That said, it took me another ten years before I turned my desire to write into an actual novel-length manuscript. In the meantime I got a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and started working at a small animation studio in Texas. After a hilariously bad attempt at animation, I found my niche with scriptwriting, which led to working on projects for Lego, Marvel Studios, NBC, and Warner Brothers, including one Tongie Award winner, as well as three other nominations.
But I still wanted to get back into more original story writing, so I went and got an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. It was there I was able to finish my first novel-length story. Nowadays, I’m trying to balance my personal writing, professional writing, and other hobbies like playing video games and finding creative new ways to survive the heat.