Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Pennsylvania, living there until I turned 18. Then, it was off to the United States Air Force for the next 21 years.
Though the area (PA.) did not directly influence my writing style or desire, I find that J.R.R. Tolkien did. I read the Hobbit for the first time when I was 8 years old. Since then many others have fueled the dream. David Eddings was another favorite.
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When did you first start writing?
As a teenager I wrote short stories for pleasure. They were mainly a form of relaxation. It was during this time my own style began to slowly develop and come through.