I love stories. Who doesn’t? As a kid I wrote and drew stories - especially comics. Most were badly written and poorly drawn. Life engrossing stories kept away the problems of an introverted childhood.
The idea of storytelling faded, despite my growing thirst for new stories. I gravitated towards engineering and mathematics and joined the Navy in my late teens. It turned into a career without being a career, learning computer science, nuclear physics and submarine operations and hydrodynamics. I tinkered with stories and artistry, still thinking that graphic novels and storyboarding were ways to convey my thoughts and ideas.
I transitioned to civilian life, never quite giving up the idea of the Navy. The more I learned, the more I wanted to tell stories. I wrote a few screenplays. These weren’t easy nor were they great scripts, but they were rudimentary stories that I'd created. I struggled with my creative side for years, not understanding that I had all the right tools to actually write.
In 2008, I discovered NaNoWriMo. What was this National Novel Writing Month? It seemed like a made up thing. I read the site, picked up an idea I'd been noodling with for 2 years and gave it a try. Could I write 50,000 words and would it be enough to tell the story?
Yes, I could, and no it wasn't enough. Over the ensuing years I wrote what would be The Pillars of Fire and Light Series. I want to write more stories and share them with you. I hope you enjoy them.