There has never been a time in my life when I haven't been thinking about storytelling. I wake up with it, shower with it, and go to sleep with it. Before I even knew how to write my name, I was asking random people to jot down the fictional scenarios running rampant in my head. When I couldn't find willing assistants, I used tape recorders to flush the stories out of my skull, resulting in a stack of hour-long cassettes filled with the incoherent ramblings of an overeager, ADHD-riddled preschooler. When I turned nine, I convinced my father to fly me to New York City so I could sell my comic book ideas to the receptionist at DC Comics. While that didn’t pan out, I knew I had a penchant for the written word when my third-grade creative writing teacher told our class he had never met a more gifted student. That prompted me to query my first book to publishers at the tender age of fourteen, and by high school, I finished my first ninety-thousand-word novel, The Nomad. I received my BA in English from the University of South Florida while pursuing an MA in Ancient History. During that time, I won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each of the three stories I submitted to a Masters of the Universe Fan-Fiction contest, while my horror story, The Gorgon's Lover, received runner-up for the Mary Shelley Wollstonecraft Award.
In 2017, I released the first in my fantasy series, Ages of Aenya, which currently stands at over 4 stars on GoodReads and Amazon. The spin-off and follow-up to that book, The Princess of Aenya, has also received a number of accolades. IndieReader gave it 4.7 out of 5 stars, remarking, “Judged by top industry professionals–not as merely a great indie book–but as a great book, period,” while KIRKUS MAGAZINE, the most prestigious reviewer on the planet, included The Princess of Aenya to their list of 20 Great Indie Books Worth Discovering.
My father’s restaurant business and helping my wife raise two kids have occupied the past twenty years of my life. But I am now ready to quit my day job to fully devote myself to Aenya. The Feral Girl, a prequel to Ages of Aenya, was released in May of 2022.
When I am not working on my books, I am discussing other people’s books with my good friend, Heather, on our literary podcast, Story Matters! Be sure to stop by and take a listen!