I started writing when I was eleven years old, shortly after I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma (bone cancer). During this time when I spent nearly every minute of every day in a hospital bed, writing was my escape. It was my path to freedom. Since then I have written three books as well as several poems, essays, and short stories. I became a published author at the age of seventeen and was awarded the Susan Sherlock Award for teenage writers. In the past, I have worked as a teacher and a volunteer for several nonprofit organizations. I am currently working on a continuing series of short stories called The Disturbing Tales of Tyler West. I live in Idaho with my wife and two daughters.