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 2009, 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 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 (which eventually became this website).
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.
In the spring of 2016 I took a stab at writing my first Middle Grade (MG) story at the suggestion of my first literary agent. 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.
Shortly thereafter I wrote another book in the Magic Stones collection, THE MAGIC STONES OF MIDNIGHT KEEP. As strange as it may sound, this book is now the *first* book in the Magic Stones series.
I now spend my spare time writing the sequel to THE PROVING and plotting additional Magic Stones books while enjoying my family and keeping up with my day job as an IT professional. Thanks for visiting my site!