ABOUT ME

I believe the essence of fiction is to make people think; to offer perspectives that are under-explored day-to-day.

 

You will find that my work won't offer focus-group approved characters, and you'll never find me chasing trends. I will explore familiar territory, but trust that I will take you far off the beaten path. If ever you read one of my books and say 'that was just like [blank]', then I've done a bad job. I approach fiction this way because the books that most influenced myself and my writing did exactly that.

 

My story begins at Sun Valley mall in Walnut Creek, CA, and a bookstore therein. You see, when I was a child, my mother deemed no visit to the mall complete without a trip to Borders or Barnes & Noble (back in the days where brick & mortar bookstores were pretty common. It was there that I was exposed to both contemporary and classic literature. Over time, the voices and prose of those authors began to rub off on me. No one could claim that I became a prodigy or wunderkind, but the adults in my life began to take notice of my prowess as early as middle school where I earned my first creative writing award.

After that, I was hooked. I started on my first novels in High School and while they shall remain unpublished for all time, they proved to be vital exercise for future attempts. 

Shortly after graduating from university, I began freelance writing and enjoyed the exhilaration of seeing my first work published in the same week I was laid off from my job (well, my 'day job', anyway). That interval, while distressing at the time, allowed for a considerable amount of free time. In addition to continuing my freelance work, I started writing fiction again. 

It was 2013 when I published my first novel Wounded Worlds: Nihil Novum. Not long after that, I started on Luck & Loose Ends as well as an article series titled Play/Write which explored how elements of game design could be adapted to service linear narrative (or, more simply, how playing video games can make you a better writer). 

Life circumstances and a volatile job market played a role in my ability to produce for a time, but those circumstances have changed. My wife and I are now in business for ourselves which has left me with lots of road for my creative engine to run. 

There's much more ahead of me than there is behind and I hope you'll come along for the ride!

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