I am a budding writer, avid comic fan, husband, and a father – not in that order, of course.
My inspirations in writing are drawn from what I read, watch, hear, and observe of the “real” world. I come from a loving home and married a great woman. That alone makes me wonder if I’ll ever make it as a great writer. I don’t think you can come from stable environs like that.
What do I read? Mainly comics. I’ve read over 6,000 of them to date. Also, I enjoy Star Trek, Stephen King, novels based on comic characters, Greg Rucka’s Atticus Kodiak series, some Grisham, and Secret World Chronicles. Yes, I realize the latter is an audiobook, but I still count it. I catch myself analyzing words and sentence structures in audiobooks the same as I do a prose work, or even a comic book.
Teachers. I cannot say enough about how great an influence teachers have been on me. In fourth grade, I had a teacher give me a coke as a reward from turning a simple story exorcise into an involved poem. It was a turkey poem – the animal, not the country. She shared it with another teacher who attempted to get me published in some kiddie magazine. I didn’t make it, and thus, I received my first rejection. *sigh* Fast forward to my junior year of high school, where I took a couple of college courses at the vocational college in town. Ronnie Thompson in Freshman Comp I wrote at the top of three or four papers that I could be a writer. That’s something I’d like to thank him for someday. Though, to be honest, I’d also like to see if he put that at the top of some of my classmates papers. Hmm, maybe he should’ve just given me a coke.
Currently, I have several irons in the fire. I’m a contributor to Wired.com’s GeekDad.com blog. I’m also a slushpile reader and publicist for Dark Quest Books. I’ve had 2 short comics accepted for publication from Incubator Press and Viper Comics. Plus, I’m always coming up with new ideas and trying to find anyone skewed enough to publish my novel(s).
I have one short story called Dangerous Hunts: A Zombie Father’s Day Tale that came out in June. But, my biggie is my debut novel that I just released at the end of December 2011. It’s called Forging Truth. Check it out. You’ll like it.