I guess that I should start at the beginning; I’m adopted.
Now, I don’t say that to garner sympathy…on the contrary. I have had a very happy and blessed life. Even though I lost my father (adoptive) when I was young, I have two mothers I love very much and a brother and two sisters I couldn’t imagine my life without.
I married my best-friend in 2006 and we have two little girls who challenge us and fill our lives with laughter.
I’ve been writing for most of my life, though began putting together full-length novels in 2008. Most genre fiction uses the genre to drive the story and this baffles me. A mystery is just a mystery, but a Holmes mystery is infinitely more entertaining. I use the genre to compliment my stories and my characters and because of this many people outside the genre I write enjoy my novels. Be that as it may, there are still inalienable requirements to any genre fiction and as I am a fan of my genre of choice, I’d hate those readers to put my books down unfulfilled.
For my sixth birthday, my father gave me a leather-bound copy of Treasure Island. At the time I remember being disappointed that it wasn’t an action figure of some kind. After reading it though, the story lit a fire inside of me and my joy of reading was born. Shortly afterwards, I began reading as many classics as I could get my hands on. I began to notice that the vast majority of classic literature had many elements of what are now classified as fantasy.
That genre became my focus when trying to find modern authors to enjoy.
I definitely don’t take myself too seriously, the books and stories that I write are in no way re-inventing the wheel nor am I trying to be the voice of a new generation of readers and writers. I write fun adventures which focus on characters that I care about and want others to care about.