I'm a bit of a rare bird in that I'm a native Arizonan. That's right I live in Arizona and I'm from Arizona. Weird, I know. I've lived in Northern California, in the Sacramento area, and served a two year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Jamaica, land I love, but Arizona is and has always been home.
I've enjoyed writing since I was a young man. That's not to say that I'm an old man now but as an approaching middle aged balding husband and father of four I feel I can lay no claim on youth any more.
I have honed my craft (that sounded really pretentious) for several years with smaller writing projects for various blogs and websites as well as working as a freelance sports reporter for The Arizona Republic. In 2013 I began in earnest focusing on larger writing projects. I wrote and illustrated a children's picture book and compiled many of my shorter articles into one book.
As for what's to come? The project I'm working on right now is totally different from the first two but I'm really not saying much about it yet. You'll have to wait and see.
When did you first start writing?
The first thing I ever remember writing was in the third grade. Our teacher had us do writing assignments and then bound them in books that we illustrated. I think one of the stories was about me and my two best friends and a werewolf and a haunted house. I should see if I can dig it up and make it an ebook as I'm sure it was a literary triumph. As an adult I've played around with writing since 2000 but began in earnest to hone my craft (that sounded obnoxious) in 2010 writing regularly on my blog.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Rejection, massive rejection. That's the comical answer (and the truth) but it was my little brother actually. I was talking with him one night about an idea I had for a children's book that I submitted to a literary agent that had been rejected. He suggested that I connect with an artist and try again. Instead I illustrated it myself and sent it out to fifty or sixty some odd literary agents. I basked in the glow of their, often polite, rejections over the course of the next several months before deciding to publish what I had created to share it with my children and as a tribute to my brother's belief in me. It was so easy I thought 'why don't I do that again?', so I did.
It started out as a desperate cry for attention and grew into an online cathartic therapy session on the World Wide Web. IT’S CALLED HELPING…YOU’RE WELCOME is a compilation of posts from a blog (don’t stop reading) I kept for a couple of years with a sprinkling of notes and articles that I wrote on various topics related to the human experience.