I was born in Lindenhurst, New York in early 1974, where I grew up and didn't leave until I headed to college in North Carolina at UNCG. I've always liked making up stories whether I was a Viper pilot serving on board the Battlestar Galactica or a Jedi Knight in Star Wars, the stories were always with me.
A good friend of mine introduced me to Piers Anthony's Adept series and later on, Xanth. From then on I was hooked on Fantasy and Science Fiction. I quickly burned through the Science Fiction and Fantasy section of the public library, so I just started buying books on my own. Back then it wasn't unheard of for an eleven-year-old to have a paper route. Many of the books I bought back then I still have and chuckle at the price on the cover that says $3.95 (Split Infinity).
In Elementary/Middle School I started writing short stories on my Commodore 64. I must have made an impression on my parents because in High School they upgraded me to a brother word processor that had one of those two-inch screens. (Not the exact model on the left but close enough.) The nice feature that the brother word processor had was spell check, which would beep whenever a word was spelled wrong, but since I lost the dictionary disk I had to arm myself with the good old Webster's Dictionary. The added bonus was that my grades improved.
Writing Habits and Musings:
In High School, I was a night owl and would prefer writing late at night when the muse would strike. One night I thought I saw something out of the corner of my eye. There was nothing there, but I was spooked. And so Tarimus was born along with the idea of a demon sentinel sent from another world to not just attack my protagonist Aaron, but to awaken the power within.
On and off over the years and after college, I would pick away at this story that became the Road To Shandara. As a kid, I wanted to travel to one of those far off lands and have a great adventure and that thirst hasn't left me. I love reading books as much as I love writing and since the world of Safanar exists only in my dreams, writing the stories of such a wondrous world is not a bad outlet.
My Mild Mannered Alter Ego:
I've worked in the field of Information Technology since 1998, which I held a number of roles, but have worked as a Security Analyst for most of them. I do occasionally play with SNORT on my Security Onion Linux distribution just to see who has come knocking on my door. I've been known to play a few video games but would prefer to be hiking the trails at the local state parks in my area (A source of inspiration in my writing). I hold a Masters of Science degree in Business Intelligence from Saint Joeseph's University (SJU) and have been published in the International Journal of Business Intelligence Research.
I dusted off the bones of The Road To Shandara a couple of years ago when one night my two boys were giving a good display of their youthful vigor and enthusiasm at the dinner table. To restore order and peace I started telling them Aaron's Tale and it was their enthusiasm and the constant “Tell us more Dad.” That lead me to improve my craft and finish this book. Since then I've gotten input from friends and various writing groups to help me along. While investigating how to publish this book I stumbled onto self or indie publishing and felt that this was the best avenue for me to pursue.
So now in my spare time, I write almost every day and meet my minimum word count goal embracing the motto that if you collect enough pennies you will eventually have a dollar and so on….
If you have any questions or comments about the series or writing please don't hesitate to contact me.