I released my first story on Amazon.com in March, 2015. The Author Collector is a short psychological thriller set in a dystopian future. More stories are in the works, as well as several non-fiction books and websites. I think of myself as more of a “content publisher” than “writer of books”.
I’m the publisher of WhatIsSpecFic.com, a site devoted to raising awareness of “speculative fiction” as an umbrella term for genres like science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, dystopian, steampunk, etc. In 2015 I also launched the #SpecFicCollective site for authors of speculative fiction who need effective strategies and tips for marketing in today’s wild west of a publishing industry. And then there’s The Christian #SpecFic Reader, an online newspaper focused on providing Christian fans of speculative fiction with news and entertainment.
Writing about being a writer seems incredibly recursive. Beware: this page may implode or cause a rift in the space-time continuum at any moment.
It all started with reading. Here’s a little-known tidbit: reading is a gateway drug. It wasn’t long before I was writing notes, writing letters, writing my own stories. It led inevitably to the hard stuff: collaborative and crossover fan fiction. Fortunately for me and my family, this is becoming a socially acceptable habit and I share it now with the trust that you won’t spread it around out of context.
I’m a thinker, and I enjoy history. No, not like world history or United States history. I mean, I like to read the About pages of websites. The prefaces and introductions of books. Watch the bloopers and behind-the-scenes documentaries about movies. I like to know how something came to exist.
What does this have to do with writing? It means I ramble. I don’t just tell the story, I like to tell the WHOLE story.
As a teen, this led to 14-page letters sent to pen pals and 30-page letters to my fiance. This natural tendency to long-windedness (yes, it runs in the family, as anyone who knows my dad can attest) does not bode well for my online endeavors. Web copy is supposed to be tight, concise. Quick and to the point.
To cut back on the rambling, I edit my own work. Ruthlessly.
Okay, not ruthlessly, but I do manage to be concise when necessary. And no, I don’t consider it necessary here. It’s my home page, and I’ll ramble if I want to! (Sing it, baby! “It’s my party…”)
Yep. So I’m a writer. That’s me.
You will usually find me at Realm Makers, the premier speculative fiction writing conference for people of faith and an occasional attendee of the Mount Hermon Christian Writers conference. Check in with me to confirm my current schedule of appearances.
Page still hasn’t exploded. Be sure and let me know if you arrive and it’s just a big hole in your screen.
I’d appreciate it.