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Ever the challenging topic, as my narcissism would have me write a novel-length autobiography, and my introversion would have me clam up entirely. Simply put, I am what you see: Author, composer, amateur artist, and creepy guy walking through the woods.
I've been both writing and playing piano for almost as long as I can remember, though my pre-highschool endeavors on both fronts were admittedly - and forgivably, I hope - unrefined. It wasn't until the eleventh grade that I feel I began to grow into my skin as a fiction writer, and the story I started writing on a whim that year grew, over the course of more than a decade and several revisions, into my first full-length novel, To Wander Infinity.
My career as a pianist and composer has in many ways paralleled my pursuits as an author. Many of my original songs were either inspired by or inspiration for events in To Wander Infinity, some scenes solidifying in my imagination while performing at the piano while several songs' melodies originated while proofreading particularly compelling parts of the story. For me, music and storytelling have always gone hand in hand.
Outside of the workplace, I consider myself something of a shut-in, my favorite hobbies oftentimes limited to those that keep me in the comfort of my own home. I'm an avid gamer, having always felt that there is no better medium for storytelling than a virtual platform that lets the audience participate in the story, and for similar reasons find myself visiting the local movie theater with my father on a nearly weekly basis. With that said, nature has always had a knack for drawing me out of my shell, and out of my house. Few things can inspire the imagination like a hike or bike ride through a deep forest, or across a soaring mountain ridge.