I don't remember a time when I was not seeing the world with two sets of eyes: what was in front of me, analytically, and then the imagined
From an early age I was the one in the family pining for
more TV, movies, often strange movies, reading Lord of the Rings far
too young, and pretending to fight invisible foes. As I was told later,
it was common to see me in the back yard, by myself, with a stick,
fighting back hordes of enemies. Any fantastic movies I did see only
gave me new and deadly fighting skills.
The world of fiction
reading was one I loved to visit everyday growing up. Reading was
encouraged in my family, but I hardly needed any. C.S. Lewis' writings -
all of them - including Narnia and his Space Trilogy (which I also
probably read too young - That Hideous Strength scared the whits out of
me in places), Tolkein's Hobbitt, LOTR, and Silmarillion were my fantasy
staples, but I was a big reader of classics, with Sherlock Holmes a
favorite among the mix.
Writing started almost as early as my
imaginative wanderings. The desire and attempt write a novel didn't
become as real until my college years, and as soon as I had graduation
from Penn State in my sites, I started writing my epic fantasy series,
"The Reaper's Seed."
My writing desire and practice ebbed and
flowed until 2014, when after mailing an unknown number of query letters
into the great void, I self-published. And now you can read my
imaginings, sometimes for free even. Hmmm, . . . what else about me?
I am a family man, a lover of my wife, children, and family at large. I'm a Jaff of all
Trades, Master of None, really. I like endurance athletics, swimming as
my staple, gardening, chickens, health and wellness, spiritual matters,
ethical matters, some politics (too much is infuriating), I dabble in
song writing, and, full circle . . . I write stories.