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I was born in Dallas Oregon, a small town several miles west of Salem. My early years were full of turmoil and strife as my parents divorced and my two older brothers moved away. Writing was the last thing on my mind.
It was later, after my father moved me and my sister to the southern town of Roseburg, that I learned the value of the written word. I discovered it in the most unlikely of places: detention.
I can’t recall what it was I had done. It was something outrageous I’m sure. In those days, I was always pushing my luck, and it’s a wonder I never ended up in jail. In any case, I had detention for a number of Saturdays, and I was bored almost to tears.
I recall watching the student next to me; he was reading a book of massive proportions, and he didn’t seem bored in the least. I took a peek at the title, and I clearly recall it was Stephen King’s The Stand.
The next week, I brought my own copy of The Stand to detention, and from that day forward, my world had changed. I remember how I couldn’t put it down. I stayed up late into the night. I read through the weekend and skipped school on Monday just to keep on reading. I was hooked!
From that day forward, I read everything I could. King, Koontz, Clark and Tolkien, Brooks, Eddings and Weis, the list goes on and on. There was only one thing missing…A novel of my own.