I believe in the power of stories to inspire, enlighten, and entertain the mind. Stories, especially personal stories, help us to see things through different lenses, and often have the power to change the world.
I was born and raised in the beautiful Inland Northwest. It’s funny, I always remember reading, but nothing hit me as hard, or had as much impact, as the first time I picked up a Dragonlance novel. Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman made something that spoke to me and gave me a real thirst for the fantasy genre.
This love of reading was just the right sag way to a a hobby in writing. In fact many of the ideas for my books came from the time that my brother and I would spend with role-playing games. But I found I wasn’t satisfied with just making up small stories. I wanted to do something bigger. Why not write a book? Easy right?
Well, I learned quickly that it definitely took a lot of work and effort to finish my first novel Archaic. And though it will never be published, it gave me an idea of what I needed to do to be successful as an author. Three quarters of the battle is just sitting down and writing. Most of the creativity for my books comes while in the process of writing.
So, what makes my writing different from other fantasy authors?
My main focus when I write is the question; "Can I share this with my kids?" I find too many books, movies and media are steeped in inappropriate material, and it's hard for parents and families to wade through the muck to find something the whole family can be comfortable sharing.
I have over 14 years experience in my career field of Respiratory Therapy, almost all of which has been in a supervisory or management role. I regularly interview people and read resumes. I also write policy and internal documents for my organization. I'm excited to utilize these skills and my experience as a manager to help individuals and organizations grow through the power of the written word.