A little about me.
I was born in St. Louis, Missouri and spent most of my childhood running around my neighborhood dressed up as my version of Superman (my version being the kind that wears cowboy boots. Don’t ask me why.)
While I was a kid who loved stories, I hated books. Who could be bothered to sit down and read when you could be playing Cowboys and Superheroes? By today’s standards I was what you would call a reluctant reader, which is a very polite way of saying if you handed me a book I might’ve thrown a boot at you.
This lasted until the fifth grade, when by way of trickery and skullduggery, an older brother of mine fooled me into reading a book that I actually enjoyed. The story of how he accomplished this nefarious act is too long to tell here, but if I ever visit your school perhaps you can get it out of me. But the important thing is that I discovered that not all books are meant for every reader. I found books out there that had everything I was looking for in my stories – action, adventure and mystery (though they were sadly lacking in cowboy-superheroes). I found my niche, the books that I’d been missing out on, and there was no looking back.
When I got a little older, my love of imagination and stories found a new outlet in theater, and I pursued that throughout high school and even into college and beyond. But I kept reading, and I never forgot that boot-clad kid who hated books.
My first novel was written with him in mind – the fifth grade me. I promised myself that I would try to make a story that would’ve grabbed his interest and introduced him to a world of books that he might have missed out on.
A darn good story is what I was trying for - a book that I could give my now-adult brother as well as his kids.
I still aim for that with every new book. I hope I’m doing okay.