“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, serve in the Army Reserve, and am currently training for my third attempt at successfully completing a Half IRONMAN triathlon.
My goal is to write engaging, entertaining speculative fiction, peopled with characters who are flawed but unforgettable. Although I no longer write Army news stories, I often find myself writing about the military I’ve lived and experienced, bringing these stories to life for reader, and perhaps doing my small part to bridge the military-civilian divide.
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