Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Fort Wayne Indiana. Since I was born and raised in that town I can safely say that anyone with any artistic talent will not be able to get anywhere in that county with their careers, at least it would prove to be very difficult. That being said I guess I have always been a dreamer, I was told that my childhood dreams of becoming a great and well-known writer would eventually fade away. I was told that I had to live up to the standard of society, go to school, graduate, get a job, get a family, sign a 30 year loan for a house.
But I said "To hell with all that I want to live."
I guess maybe my need to rebel and my sense of adventure propelled me into writing, I love making new friends, but I am pretty shy, especially around women, ugh. Only when i am around my closest of friends can I ever feel the need to express myself fully, unless I write. Writers create worlds. They create communities, nations, symbols, and ideas and that is really something. Writers of the kings of their own realms and the readers, my favorites, should always be given a warm welcome into the magical worlds we create not just for us but for them. We all feel need to escape reality and living in and growing up in Fort Wayne, well lets just say I wanted to create my own worlds, my stories not bound by the regular standards of society.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, absolutely everything. I don't want to sound pretentious but it is the greatest and most emotionally satisfying feeling I have ever felt in my life. For somebody to come up and say "Hey man amazing book, I loved it." It's knowing that everything you have worked so hard for, all of the pain, all of the suffering, all of the time spent on my work and it has reached somebody and they enjoyed it. My fans make me feel complete because my greatest dream is to share my dreams and ideas with anyone and everyone. Not for money for notoriety I guess it's just desire I have, the desire to forge a legacy, and writing is the best way I know how to do that.
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