I am a happily married father of five who has been dreaming of writing a fantasy book series since sometime around high school. During the course of 2010, all of my past ideas and false-starts came together into a single broad outline for a series loosely based on the role playing games my best friends and I played as kids, mixed with a series of underlying themes from biblical Christianity (a la C.S. Lewis or Tolkien, two of my favorites). The book series I envisioned, The Tome of Pasaron, would be a Young Adult (YA) epic fantasy – meaning it would target readers in their teens and older. At the six month point of writing, I decided to start a blog to track the process.
After a few years I came across Author Salon (www.AuthorSalon.com), a fantastic 24×7 all-online writer’s conference run by professional editors and agents in the literary world. I learned much from Author Salon’s (AS) leaders and my critique partners, dramatically improving my novel’s early drafts.
In early 2014, I completed my 7th complete re-write of THE PROVING, the first book of The Tome of Pasaron series. After positive feedback from wonderful early readers, I began hunting for a literary agent. In late 2015 I found my tribe; a group of fantastic YA authors in my area who were willing to help me achieve my writing goals. After many queries and many more prayers I found my agent, Jessica Schmeidler of Golden Wheat Literary.
In the spring of 2016, Jessica alerted me to a writing contest aimed at the Middle Grade (MG) audience, younger readers in the 8 to 13-year-old range. I had never considered writing for a younger audience, but many of my favorite fantasy books could be classified as MG. Despite my doubts and after a few prayers, I started writing a short adventure set in the same world as THE PROVING but with younger main characters. Less than a month later I had a completed draft of THE MAGIC STONES OF LAKESDAWN CASTLE, which turned out far better than I could have imagined.
I now spend my spare time writing sequels to both books while enjoying my family and keeping up with my day job as an IT professional in the southwest Ohio area. Thanks for visiting my site!