A Tale of Two Personalities

A Tale of Two Personalities

The Author

I create and explore amazing worlds, some of them already brought to life, some still waiting for the attention they deserve. Where people live above the clouds. Where fire is the foundation of magic. Where every city in the world is trapped inside a protective “bubble” to keep them safe from the dangers that lurk outside.

I go on dangerous journeys with eccentric, stubborn, and courageous characters.

I see battles firsthand, direct armies, and plan betrayals.

I bring destruction to cities and determine the fate of entire realms.

All from the comfort of home.

Talk about a cool job, right?

I started this incredible journey at the age of 17, when my siblings and I randomly began making up a story one day. It was about four kids who were transported to another planet via scientifically modified boxes. There was an underground civilization, a creepy building called The Center, and a terribly stereotypical villain.

I liked the idea so much that I decided to turn it into a book, and I’ve never looked back.

My first stories were terrible. My more recent ones are improving. I literally have hundreds of ideas, some for standalone novels, some for series’, some for short stories and novellas. I doubt the well will every run dry, so I hope to be writing for my entire life.

I write for a number of reasons.

  • As a way to live vicariously through the lives and experiences of my characters.
  • Because I need an outlet for my creativity.
  • And most importantly, for the people who read my stories. I absolutely LOVE the impact books can have, and my hope is to give my readers the same enchanting experience I’ve found within the pages of those magical vessels known as books.

The Ordinary Guy

I love books, movies, music, sports, and chocolate. Not in that order, but I can’t decide which one would take the top spot. Eating chocolate and listening to music while reading a book?

While not wrangling with the many aspects of creating books, I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. It’s hard not to, living in the beautiful state of Colorado. Swimming, hiking, and biking are at the top the list. Sports are another thing I love. Ice hockey, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, football, baseball, soccer, basketball, even bowling and croquet (not together, of course). I haven’t met a sport I don’t like. Except golf.

I also like to hang out with my family and friends, browse through bookstores for hours, shop for clothes I can’t afford, go to the movies, play the piano, and cheer for the best hockey team in the world. GO AVS!

My claim to fame is that I share a birthday with… *drummmrrrroooollllll*

Katniss Everdeen! Cool, or what?

My favorite movie is…Well, that’s impossible to say. Lord of the Rings. The Hobbit. Narnia. Batman. Almost anything from Marvel. I love ‘em all. As for TV shows, don’t even get me started.

I love music, maybe even more than books. That sounds like heresy coming from an author. Check out a list of my favorite songs here.

Another heretical statement for an author: I don’t drink coffee. *gasp*

I’m a Whovian, which came about as an accident the day after Christmas. I saw a few episodes on that fateful day and my life has never been the same. The Doctor has that affect on people.

In case it hasn’t become apparent by now, I’m a speculative fiction nerd. For the uninitiated, speculative fiction is a broad term describing the genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror (though horror isn’t really my thing). Think everything from Captain America to Hunger Games. Basically, anything that’s awesome.

I love to travel. My favorite vacation (with my family, of course) was either to New England in the fall or to Banff and Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies, with a brief stop in Glacier National Park. Good times.

Lake Louise. Canada

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I could pick one place to visit in the world, it would be Europe, but I can’t decide between the British Isles and Austria/Switzerland/Germany.

Someday, I want to live in a castle. Even better, I want to own one. Unless I write the next Hunger Games or Harry Potter, I doubt that will happen. But as Reepicheep said to Lucy in “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (the movie), “We have nothing if not belief.”

I was homeschooled. I’ll blame that for my social awkwardness. But it also gave me extra time to pursue writing, for which I’m eternally grateful.