A Creative at Heart
A friend I met at a YMCA summer camp sparked my interest in reading when I was 9 years old with the Goosebumps series. He was a fast reader and for some reason I wanted to prove my childhood literary "cool" by trying to read the series just as fast as he did. Between discussing stories, playing N64 and making the best home movies ever made or ever will be made (Hits including, but not limited to: Rad, Adam Chan I-III and the neighborhood cult classic Invaders), a deep love for reading fiction sparked.
Not long after, I began reading works such as The Giver by Lois Lowry, The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, Encyclopedia Brown series by Donald J. Sobol and, of course, J.K. Rowling's prolific Harry Potter series. There were many other books and, as you may notice, I developed an interest in books of the fantastical flavor. A few friends of my mother were eager to give away Middle Grade novels that their younglings had out-grown and I devoured them all. I wrote my first Sci Fi book when I was in 5th grade. Needless, it reads at a 5th grade level — Weak plot, poor character development, grammar and spelling atrocities everywhere. It's laughable, but I still site that as my first real accomplishment in the literary field.
I did not receive high marks in English & Literature in High School, but during that time, I read books that peaked my interest (The Wheel of Time series, The Sword of Truth series, Death Gate Cycle series, Star Wars expanded universe books and various other series and standalone Sci Fi, fantasy and literary fiction works). I also participated in Star Trek email RPG in which you discovery write a story with other people post-by-post from the perspective of your character within the Star Trek universe. Consistently storytelling within this nerdy obsession helped hone my ability to use words and craft a story.
As High School wore on, I began gravitating towards music. I played in a few bands and cultivated my skills as a musician. I put my interest in storytelling aside in pursuit of that calling. During this time, I began writing songs and poetry (unknowingly ramping up my skills as a creative writer). After I graduated, I went to college for Music Business at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. After a few semesters of pure bliss, I decided my time at Berklee must end so that I might continue my education independently within the real world... with a far lower price tag attached. After gigging, lightly touring and writing more songs than I care to remember, I decided that it might be fun to revisit my literary passion.
Today, I live in Massachusetts, USA with my wife and son. I do Audio Engineering as my day job while continuing to play and write music. I'm working on several novels and I have plans to release the first of them in 2017. I have more story ideas than I know what to do with and I have to force myself to stay on task rather than getting distracted with new idea #5693. As a natural introvert, cheese lover and dislike-for-anything-with-Nicholas-Cage-in-it-er (sorry, Nicky), I spend as much time as I possibly can creating. It's what brings me happiness and I hope it brings you happiness as well.