When did you first start writing?
When I was in first or second grade, so I would have been about five or six years old. I used to sit at the kitchen counter and write stories on our typewriter, or by hand in a notebook. Every so often, my father would bring a computer home from work for the weekend, and I'd write on that instead (when I wasn't trying to create games on it).
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Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small New England town. There wasn't much to do in the town, at any age group. So I spent a lot of time reading and dreaming of science fiction and fantasy realms. My friends and I would ride our bikes all around the town when the weather was nice, and would sit inside playing video games and D&D when it wasn't. Eventually, some parts of those worlds we created found their way into my modern world design, into video games I plan to create, and into my writing. I've always had a good imagination, probably because I was stuck indoors for six or seven months each year. I never had a huge group of friends, just a few very good ones, and most of my cousins were older. So I spent a lot of time alone, thinking and dreaming, drawing maps and plotting stories for my worlds.