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I was born on Thursday, March 11, 1976, a birthday I share with one of my favorite authors, Douglas Adams.
I always wrote, often 20-30 page science fiction stories, but never finished anything. Then, after the birth of my son in 2003, I found myself filled with inspiration at a Boston coffee shop on a rainy day. I opened my laptop - which I carried to chip away at unfinished tomes - and launched into a sweeping adventure I had envisioned since I was a child and now wanted to share with my son.
I wrote 30 pages that day.
I wrote more the following day and continued for three months. Once finished, I edited the manuscript twelve times over two years, because I wanted it to be perfect for Aiden. Finding the usual difficulties in getting a publisher, I self-published.
The Incredible Origins of the Onyx Sun went on to win an Honorable Mention in the 2010 Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards and was one of 50 books - from 10,000 original submissions - that made it to the Semifinals of Amazon's 2010 Breakthrough Novel Awards. Publishers Weekly said "This space adventure yarn has the right stuff!" while the Midwest Book Review raved "...a fun entry into a brand new youth science fiction series. Highly recommended!”
More importantly, as I started sharing my story with kids around the world, the excitement in their eyes fostered a new love of writing - and finishing - my tales. Since then, I've completed another novel in a new series and am seventy pages into the sequel to the Onyx Sun.