Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't know if it's the first story I ever read, but I distinctly remember 'To Build a Fire' by Jack London. I read that when I was probably ten years old. The story is so vivid and stuck with me so I've always had a phobia of falling through ice. However, I actually did fall through ice once into a lake and it was actually no big deal!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northeast Ohio, which is the setting for my series "The Chardon Chronicles" and it is where I live today.
I think the interior of the USA, including the Great Lakes region has the potential to undergo a renaissance. Currently, people in this part of the country are basically living under imperial rule from the coasts, especially Washington DC and New York City, which are service as drains for the wealth of a nation of people.
Arguably, this region of the country, northeast Ohio, the former Western Reserve, was central to the birth of this current arrangement. I believe we're at the end of a cycle of centralization of power and wealth that's been in the works for at least the past hundred years. It's left a nation of people disenfranchised and deeply indebted.
People are thirsty and starved for new ideas. I believe the new ideas almost always come from the western tradition of myth and lore.
What are you working on next?
I am working on the third book of "The Chardon Chronicles". I'm aiming to finish the series in time for beach reading.
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