So, you know I write books for a living. And yes, I’m just like everyone else who writes for a living. I live in borderline poverty, stumble through the day in a coffee induced coma and have a lot of work to do when it comes to perfecting my craft. That said, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
But what about life outside of writing?
I was born in Tacoma, Washington(which has spawned a love for both rain and hockey). As an Army brat, I lived in Germany for a spell before finally landing in the mountains of Virginia. I’ve worked the 9-5 in the past, and like most people, I hated it. But I’ve always had the ambition to do more. From 1997 to 2007, I was involved with the sport of boxing. The first nine years saw me do it as an amateur while working a 9-5, with my final year as a sponsored professional. But, at age 30, I realized a change was in order. So, with a record of 10-2 as a professional, I went back to school.
Sports have always been a passion, so it seemed only natural to earn an Associate’s Degree as a Personal Trainer. And for a while, it seemed to work. I felt content, and the world around me was going smoothly.
And then my daughter was born. It’s strange how looking at your child for the first time can change the way you look at the world around you. Almost as if I began looking at everything through a different set of goggles. Important things didn’t seem so important anymore. So I left the world of spray tanning and vanity lifting to become a stay at home daddy. Traded in a weight belt for an apron. And it was the best move I’ve ever made.
After falling into a routine and finding myself with free time, my wife suggested I find a hobby. Something I truly enjoyed doing. So, after a lot of consideration, I decided to begin a very long journey into the field of writing fiction. Completely blind to the world of publishing but completely focused on becoming successful. And what I’ve realized along the way is that anything and everything I’ve accomplished is because of God’s grace, the love of my wife, the blessing of my children and the continued support of an increasing number of fans. You guys and gals truly make this happen!
Oh, I also live in the mountains of Virginia. When I’m not writing, I’m watching hockey with my daughter. When I’m not doing that, I’m hanging out with my son, or maybe even enjoying quiet time with my wife. It’s what I do, and who I am. I like to weed out the distractions of life and concentrate on what’s important. I learned that from my kids.