People ask me why I write the weirdness that I do. I've never really thought about a good answer until I published this eBook and realized that I needed some kind of introduction besides the Table of Contents. When I think about it, I realize that there are three factors that came together in my childhood that pushed me to start writing fantasy and science-fiction. First, we were poor. Second, because we were poor, I didn't grow up in the best neighborhood. Third, because we were poor and living in a bad neighborhood, my father had a 2-pronged plan for keeping me out of trouble: I wasn't allowed to play with the kids living closest to us and he also made sure that I had as many books, comics, video games, and toys that any budding nerd could ever desire.