I’m the author of the upcoming YA sci-fi The Outs, coming in 2017 from Curiosity Quills Press. It’s a book about an accidental kidnapper, a comic book fan who can’t speak, and a little girl with the power to change the world. Oh, and the memory-stealing blackouts all over the world don’t help anything, either.
I’ve been writing since elementary school, when my third grade teacher discovered the only way to keep me from falling out of my chair from boredom was to give me writing projects. I wrote a book of poetry, and life would never be the same.
In high school I wrote a couple novels that no one should ever read unless they want to burn their eyes out with a hot iron. In college, one of my professors read another novel of mine and told me it felt like a stream of boulders falling on her head, but she encouraged me to keep going. I did, and now I have a real book coming out. Yay.
The idea of what makes a hero has always fascinated me, especially since people are so flawed. You’ll see a lot of that in my writing. You’ll also see some pretty crazy concepts that fascinate me, along with some reality bending. I like to bend reality. It’s my happy place.
I live in Texas with my wife, hammering away at the keys as we speak. Texas has a lot of things in it that I like, but Shelly is the best of them. Every guy should have a girl like her, but if they did I wouldn’t be able to know just how wonderfully fortunate I am to have found her and wedded her after eight great years of friendship.
People who know me are often surprised I say I’m an introvert, because I love people. When you love people, you can fake being an extrovert a lot. My background is in teaching and mentoring young people and helping kids navigate life (thirteen-plus years). That’s why I’m in this business–if anyone can benefit from the words I put to the page, then it’s all worth it.
Oh, and feel free to drop me a line at email@example.com.
14 Things You Don’t Know about me (but you really should)
- I’ve been a writer since third grade, when I wrote a complete book of poetry.
- I once fell off a mountain 70 miles from civilization. Broke my ankle. Made a crutch out of two sticks, bubble wrap, and duct tape (no joke).
- I learned to read at three so I could read the TV Guide and find my favorite shows.
- When I was in middle school, I refused to use my locker and opted instead to carry EVERY SINGLE ONE of my school books around in a big duffel.
- I almost fell out of a county fair ride when I was in high school. It’s a scary story, you should ask me about it sometime. And be very careful with county fairs.
- I don’t have a favorite book, just a favorite book right now.
- I LOVE shows with long, drawn-out, complicated plots.
- My favorite book series growing up was The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper.
- I played guitar in multiple bands for a long time. I also sing. In fact, I sang I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz as my wife walked down the aisle at our wedding. It was emotional. People ugly cried.
- I knew my wife nearly eight years before we got married. She was, and is, my best friend in the world. Best friends make for the best spouses.
- I journal constantly. Sometimes multiple times a day. It’s one of the most important things I do.
- I like to write without a computer screen. Sometimes I connect my phone to a bluetooth keyboard and just stare into space while I write. It can be pretty off-putting in public.
- I don’t have a sweet-tooth… I have a salty-tooth. My wife thinks I’m crazy.
- If you want to get on my good side, give me a Sonic corn-dog.