I am a regular guy with a full-time life. I am happily married with a son and a daughter who are as nerdy as I am. I have big ambitions and even bigger dreams. My creativity is out of control and extremely difficult to tame. I love reading stories and writing them. I love watching movies with great storylines. I have always dreamed of becoming a published author. I have had book ideas floating around in my head since I was kid. I wrote a 10,000 word story when i was 10 but it turned out to be just a mixture of stories I had read and watched in movies. I wrote a 30,000 word novel when I was in high school, back in 2003, but I never finished it. I wrote a 50,000 word comedy when I was serving in the U.S. Army, 2003 - 2009, but the manuscript was lost when the external hard drive that it was saved on was misplaced during a move. After that, I gave up on writing for a few years and just read, read, read. Mostly non-fiction and some sci-fi.
Then I read the series A Song of Ice and Fire; the Game of Thrones series of novels written by George R.R. Martin. After surviving the long journey of those books, I read The Inheritance Cycle series of novels written by Christopher Paolini. Reading those series back to back created a spark inside me. A fantasy spark. My brother recommened I read all the fantasy classics. So, I read them. I read them all. And I loved them. I dived into the genre head first and fell in love with Young Adult Fantasy. My son and daughter, now teenagers, have fallen in love with the genre too.