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I've had a love of writing for as long as I can remember. I didn't consider making a serious attempt at it until a friend of mine told me about an idea he had for a movie. It was a good idea and our excitment carried me across that decision point from thinking about writing to actually doing it.
We spent the next five years writing full-length spec scripts and shopping them around Hollywood. We got a lot of interest and met with some big names in the business, but we didn't see the kind of success we wanted. We decided to try our hands at other things and stopped writing scripts.
I had several stories klanking around in my head for some time and decided they needed to be written as a book. Picking which one to start with was like picking the cutest kitten from a whole basket full of them.
Hero had been the most fully developed of all the stories and I set out on the labor and love of writing it. Each of the characters is vividly clear in my mind with their own personality. Writing about them isn't hard because I just put them in a situation and let them loose. Of course, that can backfire on me because they'll go off in ways that have nothing to do with the story and I need to wrangle them back on track.
I still have a basket full of kittens waiting to be written about. Some very different from Tilger and Standback, but then that's how my imagination is.
A little about the non-writing side of me...growing up I've spent most of my life in California, although I've traveled through most of North America, a small corner of Europe and across Japan but oddly, to many people, I have no desire to travel to Hawaii. Nothing personal, Hawaii. I really like your volcanos.
For hobbies I write, play video games, travel, play, and ... wow this is sounding like a profile on a dating site. I'm a sucker for tech gadgets, Batman, and just about anything really cool. Yup, I have a geek side.
I love martial arts and my first teacher, true story, was Chuck Norris. I don't have any trophies, but I have collected several broken ribs, chipped bones, concussions, and torn muscles while learning the art that I take more pride in over a shinny cup gathering dust on the mantle.
Weather permitting I love riding my motorcycle. Nothing that I've experienced can compare with the feeling of being on an open road with nothing but time on my hands.
I guess anything else you'd like to know about me you can email me and ask, or you'll learn as you read my blog.