My writing career started when I was 15 years old. I sat down at an old Brothers Word Processor, green screen and all, and wrote a children’s book. An epic saga about gnomes, yeah the little pointy hat lawn ornament type, and promptly buried the manuscript in a pile of self-doubt. Sure it was a world-changing tale of adventure, but THIS guy was not about to put his precious work out where others could see it. So I joined the U.S. Coast Guard to live the adventure I so sought out to write. And I promptly forgot all about my gnome book.
Flash forward a decade and you will find me at Northern Arizona University. I had been a public affairs specialist in the Coast Guard, a seductive life full of photojournalism and news cameras, but the siren call of an English degree beckoned. In college, I wrote creative short stories full of zombie wiener dogs and philosophical narratives on the life of a poor college student. I also fell in love with folk and fairy tales and my main emphasis of study ended up being children’s literature.
Flash forward another decade and you come to where I am now. I’m still in the Coast Guard (love this great service and its people) and currently work at the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy as an instructor. I get to teach writing, so hey…that English degree finally paid off! I recently finished my Masters Degree in Management with a focus in Public Relations at University of Maryland University College…because writers need advanced management degrees, right? I am also finishing up an International Coach Federation-certified professional coaching program and loving every minute. If I can help people find the passion to get their stories out, and the fortitude to go through the publishing process, I will have taken one more step towards fulfilling my life’s purpose.
As far as wordsmithing goes, I am currently writing a series of origin tales, released right here on this website, and a children’s book series that will be going to print soon. I write everything for my son, Ronan, who loves to hear a good tale before bed. And for you, the reader, who I hope finds as much joy and wonder in my humble works as I do in writing them. I truly believe writing with passion and focused intent can be the single most important endeavor anyone can ever do. That and be really good at table tennis.