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I'm Rustin Petrae, a graphic designer out of Ohio. I was actually born in San Antonio, Texas but spent nearly half my life overseas. I grew up on Misawa Air Force Base, Japan and then went on to Seoul, South Korea and then onto Osan Air Force Base, South Korea where I graduated from Osan American High School. I loved that life. I loved living in a country where I was able to absorb different cultures and traditions. I learned a lot from that and I use a lot of what I learned in my writing.
I started very early on. In fact, I can remember one of my elementary school teachers asking us all what we wanted to be when we grew up. My answer was that I wanted to either be a cartoonist or an author. Well, I didn't end up being a cartoonist (although I still draw and create my own characters). I went on to pursue the graphic design route, but I never did give up on writing. I think I really started to pursue it again when I was a senior in high school. That's when I tried to get a little more serious about it and also when I completed one of my first short stories. Ever since then, I have written several stories, flash fictions, a couple of novellas, and two novels.
I've always enjoyed the creative process. I love taking things and seeing them through until they are something real. Something you can actually grab onto. For me, the creative spark really began in Misawa, Japan. All of my friends, myself included, would make up characters, cartoons and the worlds they would go in. Shortly after that I started drawing and spent a long time creating even more characters. It wasn't until a couple of class projects where we had to write and make our own books that I realized I could write about the characters that I drew.
Everything just sort of spun off from that and I've spent nearly my whole life creating these characters and sharpening them and their worlds until I have stories that I like.
I hope that everyone else likes them too.
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on April 20, 2015 :
Dragon presents an interesting and memorable world: a pair of cultures feuding over a decaying landscape, each separately fuelled by technology and magic, and each unified only in hate.
In creating each half of his world, the author has infused his realm with unique intricacies and an intriguing overall character,
All of which is overlaid by a drama and action rich plot of love, loss, war and the near futile fight for reconciliation.
the beginnings of a sci-fi/fantasy trilogy; unique in its makeup and a story that clears the usual pitfalls of mediocracy that beset the genre.
well worth the read.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on May 18, 2013 :
The story started a little slowly, but once into about the second chapter, I was hooked. It is an exciting adventure story with good character development and well designed clash of societies. There are just the right amount of developed characters to keep the story rich, and not too many to make the storyline confusing. I, too, am waiting to see where the story leads...
(review of free book)
on April 14, 2013 :
This is a book full of adventure and action. It’s a classic good versus evil with historical prejudices on each side. It is also a love story that crosses borders. Dragon is an exciting book that leaves the reader wanting more. Initially the futuristic concepts of nano machines and shape shifting can be confusing, but it becomes clearer as the story continues. There are a few grammatical and point of view errors, but nothing that detracts from the whole story. The characters in Dragon are engaging and the story line complete. Stitch Says gives it 4 stars.
(review of free book)
on April 05, 2013 :
Dragon is quite the compelling novel. Like an AU Romeo and Juliet. The blend of science-fiction and fantasy, futuristic and old world, high tech and natural, within its pages is well-done and will appeal to readers of both genres. I really enjoyed the aspects of the nano machines as well as being able to shape-shift. The characters were likeable, and each had their own voice. I also enjoyed Mr. Petrae's very nice twist with the plot, and a certain immense character.
While Dragon has a lot of good points, it does have its flaws, which can be easily fixed. There are a few grammatical/spelling errors. The omnipotent POV shifts mostly without transitions. It's not too disorientating, thankfully; but while it has perks, there are downfalls as well. The reader gets to see into the minds of each of the main characters, allowing them to be in all the key locations. Yet, because of this, scenes can become repetitive. Towards the end, we see the same exact scene 4 times from 4 different POVs. There could have been a bit more eloquent descriptions, especially in the action sequences. I understand action scenes are tough to write, but "beating the crap out of him" and "a neat twist in the air" is just being lazy, in my opinion. Thankfully, these were the only 2 lines I noticed like this. The rest of the novel more than makes up for it.
All in all, I quite enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading and seeing where the rest of this quartet goes.
(review of free book)