1. Tell us a little about yourself.
I am a Missouri native who grew up strongly influenced by Mark Twain. All of my life I've been an avid reader. I even won a scholarship based on the number of books I read in high school. I studied literature and foreign languages in college and eventually fell in love with all things fantasy. I've been stuck there for quite some time.
2. When did you start writing, and why?
Many years ago I fell in love with the fantasy worlds featured in video games, on television, and, of course, in books. I started writing fan fictions which were eagerly accepted by internet communities and eventually, I started creating my own world rather than writing about someone else's.
3. What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
I write high fantasy, sword and sorcery novels. I love escaping from reality and delving into the minds of my characters. I get to follow along as they learn and grow and experience a whole new world through their eyes. Above all, I write because I love it.
4. What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
My first published novel, A Story of River, is part of my Tales from Nol'Deron series. Each book stands alone, but features some of the same characters. My next book, War of the Wildlands, is due to be released this fall.
5. "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.
Welcome to the world of Nol'Deron, where magic and adventure await. There are three separate races of elves: Wild Elves, Westerling Elves, and Enlightened Elves. The Wild Elves are creatures of the forest. They live in separate clans throughout the Wildlands. The Westerling Elves live at the base of the Wrathful Mountains on the banks of the Blue River. They are gentle, good-natured elves who have a care for all living creatures. Among them lives a powerful water elemental. The Enlightened Elves live on the islands and prize learning and magical strength above all else. Also in Nol'Deron are three different kingdoms of humans: Na'zora, Ra'jhou, and Al'marr. Dwarves are also present, living high in the Wrathful Mountains and keeping mostly to themselves. All manner of fae live within the Wildlands, surviving unseen by human eyes.
6. Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?
Aelryk is the king of Na'zora. He is a loving sovereign who will stop at nothing to protect his people. As his kingdom falls under attack, he enlists the help of two Wild Elves: Mel and Thinal. They are two young elves with opposing personalities. Thinal is bright and happy while Mel is cynical and distrusting. They journey together to the Westerling Vale to find River, a mysterious water elemental.
7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
It has taken me 8 years to finally put it together and release it to the public.