My earliest memory of deciding to be a writer comes from my best friend’s driveway, the day after another dramatic session of Dungeons & Dragons in his basement. I promised him I would write a novel based on the characters and stories we and the rest of our fellow adventurers were inventing together.
I read constantly, and back then writing a book myself seemed almost inevitable. As I grew older, however, I found I enjoyed writing something else, too – computer programs. I created my own game as a teenager (one of those text-based adventures) and soon found myself working summers in IT for a local manufacturing company.
At Yale University, I decided to major in Computer Science, but I continued to stay connected to writing by writing sports for the Yale Daily News. During my early career in IT, management often turned to me to write proposals and submit entries for contests. It soon became apparent, though, that this business-writing wasn’t going to scratch my itch to stay connected to stories.
After starting my own business some years later, I finally found an opportunity to control my schedule more and begin writing again. I love many genres – short stories and flash fiction, literary novels, mysteries, middle grade fiction. My short stories had a great year in 2015 – ten were published, each by a different literary journal or online magazine.
I’m now a member of the Atlanta Writers Club and several critique groups. I love critique – it’s all part of shaping and molding a story or novel into the best it can be.
I have completed manuscripts in several genres – one’s a middle grade adventure involving comic books and baseball, and the other two are upmarket, book club-type works featuring diverse characters and family secrets. I’m constantly revising these works to improve them.
Outside writing and work, I also find peace in my practice of Japanese archery, Kyudo. The Way of the Bow.