“All the stories I would like to write persecute me. When I am in my chamber, it seems as if they are all around me, like little devils, and while one tugs at my ear, another tweaks my nose, and each says to me, ‘Sir, write me, I am beautiful.”” ~Umberto Eco, The Island of the Day Before
Growing up, I drove my mother nuts by trying out a new hobby every week, from weaving to street hockey to piano to karate. Told to pick one thing and stick with it, I decided to become a writer … and keep trying out new hobbies from fiber spinning to muay thai to medieval recreation and even fencing. Hey, it all counts as research, right?
My first paying gig as a writer came when I enlisted in the Army Reserve as a military journalist. Armed with pen, paper, camera, and weapon, I spent five years—including two tours in Iraq—writing and publishing stories about the men and women serving in the Army. After five years, and a few more hobbies here and there, I left the field of military journalism and commissioned as an active duty military police officer. Now, I write long and short fiction, am an active member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and am currently training for my second attempt at successfully completing a Half IRONMAN triathlon.
My goal is to write engaging, entertaining fantasy set in contemporary times, peopled with characters who are flawed but unforgettable. Although I no longer write Army news stories, my aim is to bring the military I’ve lived and experienced to life for reader, to do my small part to bridge the military-civilian divide.
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