Born in 1985, I have always been utterly fascinated by stories. Some of my earliest memories are sitting in my room, looking through my books and reading the story out loud, not because I could read but rather because I simply remembered the words that belonged to each page.
As I grew into my young adolescence years, I began to develop an affinity for all things sci-fi or fantasy. I quickly embraced anything of substance be it Heinlein’s Starship Troopers or Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. I remember spending the entirety of my fourth grade year obsessed with all things C. S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia.
As I finished my high school years, I wasn’t sure which direction I wanted my life to go in and after two failed semesters of community college, I enlisted in the US Navy, where I spent the better part of three years aboard the USS Sampson (featured in the movie Battleship.) While in the navy, I met my better half and inspiration. The lessons I learned from the difficulties of young married life and the low pay of an enlisted sailor quickly taught me that if I wanted to be the person I needed to be for my family, I was going to have to educate myself and pursue a higher calling.
I returned to the community college that I had failed out of and in less than a year and a half, I obtained my Associate in Arts (Dec. 09). I continued my vigorous pursuit of education, finishing both my bachelors (Dec. 10) and masters (Dec.) as quickly as I could. As 2011 came to a close, I was high on life. I had just completed a masters in political science and not less than a month later would begin a well paying job that I had pursued and won over many qualified applicants.
It was all for naught, as January 12, 2012 would become a day that I forever look back upon in grief. My life long best friend (dare I say, brother) died. It was a shock to the senses; a complete life altering event that would scar me. I was so shook up that I wasn’t able to take the position that I had previously been offered. I simply wasn’t able to function.
Now, its been a little over two years and I have slowly began to pick up the pieces. While I will never be able to replace my friend, new people have been brought in to my life and things have slowly began to progress to the point I was at in the closing month of December 2011. I finally have a great job and my family is doing great. My two children are angels and my wife has been a steady rock through all of the hard times.
In December of 2013, the idea for my first book struck me and I was not able to shake the notion. Inspired by self-publishing authors such as Hugh Howey, I realized that I could write and publish a novel that anyone could enjoy. So I have begun the long task of writing this novel with those who have ever loved and lost in mind.