As a kid, I enjoyed reading and telling all kinds of stories. It was a fun pastime on the hour-long bus ride to school, fully endorsed by my teachers and family, and more often than not, the short stories I wrote seemed to wind up on the desks of said teachers (sorry, Mrs. Mark!). With all of the encouragement and support I received from the adults in my life, it was only natural that I continue the venture on with schooling and careers. Right?
Nope. It took me a couple of decades to realize I should continue on my love for creating with words, no matter how hard it is sometimes to find those words to fit into the story I'm trying to tell. And it's taken me just about as long to gain the courage to publish these writings. Even though most of what I write gets squirreled away from prying eyes, a few things do end up meeting the light of day, in the form of fanfiction, podcast script or honest to goodness novella.
My tastes range far and wide, but I always seem to find myself drawn back to the outrageous and the silly. This can be seen rather clearly in the horror comedy podcast Small Town Absurd, where I co-write about a group of friends in 1980s rural Oklahoma, and my book What To Do When Your Bro Is Possessed, a short, simple story about a group of friends and a not-so-friendly ghost living in present-day Wichita (soon to have a sequel!). Fanfiction has been the basis of my writing since youth, a jumping-off point into a larger pool of world building and character development I wouldn't have noticed otherwise. That being said, most of my writing nowadays is full of geekery and pop cultural references, a call-back to a time when I had the mental capacity to store something other than school schedules and grocery lists in my noggin.
When I'm not in front of a computer, I spend time reading to my kids in funny voices, helping my partner with his business, and lifting heavy things at the gym. I'm an all-around cheerful nuisance with too much time on their hands and a penchant for befriending potted plants. I have yet to make friends with any of the neighborhood cats, but that doesn't mean I'm not trying.
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