I wanted to be an astronaut when I was 12, but settled on writing about astronauts instead. I currently live a semi-chaotic life as a media hack while trying to carve out space adventures on my laptop.
I've always wanted to write fiction. I drew little comic books when I was ten, wrote my first short story and a non-fiction book (on astronomy, of course) when I was 12. I dabbled in fiction throughout my teen hood, but then I went to college.
There, I was introduced to the wonders of literature, but it also warped my mind a tad. Okay, quite a bit. Somehow, while studying the masters, I got the idea that fiction that "didn't change the world" wasn't worth writing. So I switched from writing sci fi stories to literary masterpieces. The experience sapped the joy out of me so much that I abandoned the dream of becoming a fiction author.
So, for the longest time I believed that being an author was a futile exercise. I didn't believe I could write an original story, never mind a novel. The dream of being published traditionally seemed so impossible that I thought being a journalist was the best I could do. I quietly wrote novels in my free time, however, but never really did anything with them except share them online Internet free. But that all changed in 2012 when I dared myself to call a publisher to publish my collection of children's stories.
Whaddya know, the publisher took me on! And in 2012 I was a published author.
In 2013, I participated in my first Nanowrimo and won. I ended up not using the first Nano novel at all, but it became the seeds of my space opera series, the Distant Stars Saga. By the time all this happened, the self-publishing revolution was at its height. I decided to go indie because I liked the immediacy and control it gives me. It's a tough journey, but I'm enjoying every moment!
A note about my email newsletters
I'm what you call a digital minimalist; I'm leery of bombarding people with tweets, updates, constant reminders to buy my stuff. So you can follow my news blog for updates on new book releases and discounts.
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