Who I Am
I’m a writer and an adventurer, and for me those have always gone together. I’ve played soccer with strangers at 5am. I’ve climbed 14ers and thought I was going to die from cold. I’ve fallen in love, an adventure unlike any other. I’ve done a lot of stuff where I didn’t know what I was doing, and sometimes it even worked out (okay, so maybe not often….).
I was born in Colorado, and I still live in Lakewood. I graduated from CU Boulder in 2014 with a degree in English and Advertising, and promptly resolved to never grow up. Which is, I suppose, one reason I write.
Mostly, I try to keep life interesting. I watch Disney movies but love gangsta rap. I read dense economics treatises and climb trees. I love board games but get antsy if I haven’t gone outside in awhile. I do Ninjitsu (a Japanese martial art, for those unfamiliar) and love drawing. I’m honest to a fault, but my career is making stuff up.
I’m also an economist and a libertarian. I have a hard rule about never getting preachy in my books, and I hope no-one could guess my politics from The Dragon’s Curse because that’s not the kind of story I want to write. But freedom—to work for who I want, to buy what I wish, to travel where I desire and never have to fear being locked up—is a big theme of my life.
I’ve traveled Europe and big chunks of the US, and I want to continue. The world is a big and wonderful place. There may not be dragon caves, but there are wonders tucked away in exotic locations that I can’t even imagine. And I’m going to see them.
Why I Write
Stories are where we allow our dreams to come to life. They’re where we embrace noble heroes, scheming villains, dragons and sorcerers and magic and wonder. They’re where we see heroes take on impossible odds, and fall in love with characters who become as real to us as our friends.
That’s why I write. I write not a reflection of the world, but life as it could be, as it should be—and as it occasionally is. I’ve found that life can fulfill your dreams if you’re willing to fulfill life’s demands, and that’s the sort of story I craft. My heroes will never have an easy time of it. But every so often, they might find that their struggle is worthwhile.
Life’s an exploration, and I want to explore as much as I can. And that’s what you’ll find in The Dragon’s Curse. Life off the beaten path is scary, but it’s also wonderful.
If you have any questions, feel free to email me. I love questions.