As long as I can remember I've had my nose buried in books. I grew up in a small mountain town, so when the weather turned bad (which it often did), books were my retreat. We didn't even have basic television until I was a teenager, so my family always did a weekly trip to the library.
But it was the year that I got The Chronicles of Narnia from my uncle and The Lord of the Rings from my dad for Christmas that changed everything.
Suddenly I was in new worlds, filled with magic and monsters. I was hooked, and there was no going back. Dune. Ender's Game. The Wheel of Time. A Song of Fire and Ice. I couldn't get enough of it. And when I was about ten, I decided I wanted to become a writer of fantasy and science fiction.
One thing that drove me crazy was the long waits between books in a series. George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan are impressive writers, but it would take so long for them to release work that I would forget characters and events that happened. So even at a young age I never wanted to be that author that made my readers wait for the next volume in a series (I did learn as I got older that this had probably more to do with the publishers, and not the writers).
But, as I got older, I learned about traditional publishing, how difficult it was to get a book accepted by an agent, and even get published. Then you had to hope to make enough from royalties to make a real living, so my dream was abandoned.
Things change, and I was recently turned in the direction of e-publishing and indie writing... I could do things how I wanted, I could release stories as often as I wanted. I wasn't bound by traditional publishing to try and make writing my career. All there could be was me and the readers of my books.
I now live in Arizona with my fiance, dog, and two cats.
Check out my website at daniel-gage.com