I started writing fiction at age seven, on a cream-colored PC with a screen bigger than I was. You may remember the type: unattractive dust magnets that required a desk the size of a dining-room table to accommodate their angular mass. I sat down one night, without any clear goal in mind, and wrote a heartwarming story about two sisters finding the perfect gifts for each other. I wrote it in multiple points of view and in all three persons.
Stories often present themselves to me in this fashion. Since then, I've learned to tame them a bit before tossing them to the public.
At thirteen I picked up The Song of Albion by Stephen Lawhead, and my imagination cracked wide open. Every story I've written since–except for one about a taxi careening through New Jersey traffic (I still haven't been to New Jersey)–has been teeming with swords and tattooed warriors and visits to other worlds. I've become the sort of writer who acts out fight scenes. I've broken digits sparring with practice swords (you should see the other guy).
At sixteen, I wrote the first draft of Fear the Hunted. It took two years, and I put it in my closet because I didn't like it very much, and stopped writing stories for a while. Years later, I chanced upon a group of writers online who reminded me what I was missing, and I began writing fiction again. I rewrote Fear the Hunted, and it was published in 2012.
Currently, I'm a video editor living in Austin, Texas. I'm writing a trilogy inspired by my time as a barista and fascination with the multiverse. The first book, Traveler, was published in March 2018. The second book in the series is scheduled for release in 2020.
I hope you enjoy them!