Writing is in my blood. Such names as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emily Dickinson, and Ralph Waldo Emerson reach down through my ancestral roots to spur my imagination and strike a match, igniting stories and worlds and magic!
I’ve been a storyteller all my life. I took up a pen around age 10 and jotted down short stories of a little girl named Carmen – an incarnation of myself. I also dreamed of writing another story about a young man named Jason. At that time, he was my imaginary friend.
My father was a marine, and afterward he developed a nomadic strain in his blood that kept us moving from place and place. 20+ moves before my adulthood have lent me experiences I’d never replace.
At age 13, I watched Fellowship of the Ring in theaters – 7 times before it was released on VHS and 9 times afterward – in the first month! My soul sang as I entered Middle-Earth for the first time and found out what fantasy could mean!
My imagination exploded, giving birth to a wide inner Universe now thriving with myriad worlds and cultures, languages and magic systems, plots and backstories.
My imaginary friend, a funny young man with a penchant for lying, eventually found his home in the Paradise series in 2007-2009.
Since then, I’ve found my niche in High Fantasy and Science-Fantasy, writing for those whose hearts sing the same notes of magic that I hear every day.