I am from Northern Utah. Despite frequently moving as a child I consider Mendon, Ut to be my home town.
I always wanted to become an archaeologist. I graduated from Utah State University with a BA in Anthropology with an emphasis in Archaeology and minors in Russian and Geology.
I presently reside in Southeast Idaho with my family, where I drive a forklift in a dehydrated potato warehouse.
I find great pleasure in reading, writing, music, and spending time with my family.
Despite growing up in home where my father exclusively listened to The Moody Blues, I have grown a deep love for the music of Garth Brooks. But I listen to everything that catches my attention, my favorite songs coming from artists such as Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Garth Brooks, The Moody Blues, Evanescence, The Band Perry, Edens Edge, t.A.T.u., Metallica, and some songs on my favorites play list have even come from the VeggieTales.
I often find myself listening to a song and thinking, ‘I wonder if I can fit that thought into a novel,’ or ‘that is a great idea, it would fit perfectly into my novel.’ The three most memorable songs that have inspired scenes I chose to include in a novel are:
‘More Than A Memory,’ Garth Brooks
‘Learning to Live Again,’ Garth Brooks
‘Break Down Here,’ Julie Roberts
I have many favorite authors whose work has influenced my own writing, the ones who have the deepest impact on me are:
- Orson Scott Card. I can proudly admit that I am a fan of the Enderverse. But more than that, I greatly enjoyed Enchanted, Eye for Eye, Wyrms, and other titles that have nothing to do with the Enderverse.
- Cinda Williams Chima. In particular the Heir Chronicles.
- Stephen King. The Stand is the best science fiction novel I ever read. I am not a fan of his psychological thrillers, but I thoroughly enjoy his fantasy and science fiction books.
- JK Rowling. The Harry Potter Series single handedly changed the face of children’s fiction in a matter of years.
- Mark Twain. Oh how I long for the good old days when life was free of the harness of technology.
- Charles Dickens. I saved the best of last, he is my favorite author, much of what he has written has stood up against the test of time and has shown an incredibly accurate interpretation of human nature.
Some of my favorite novels not written by a previously mentioned author include:
- Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. I am interested in reading more by Hugo, it is on my list but there are only so many books a man can read in a day.
- The Stand by Stephen King. In my opinion one of the single greatest sci-fi novel written in living history.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker. After reading this novel I finally understood the pop-culture obsession with vampires, I submit it is a must read for lovers of the fantasy genre);
FAVORITE BOOK SERIES
- All of titles in the Enderverse by Orson Scott Card. I love the four Ender books, the entire Shadow Series, however, I am not as big of a fan of the First Formic War series as I am of the other books. The Ender series is really the only sci-fi book series I have been able to really enjoy
- The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis. I did not read this series in its entirety until I was in my mid-twenties. I was visiting my in-laws or in-laws one weekend, and started reading The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and found myself quite unable to stop reading until I had finished The Last Battle.
- Harry Potter by JK Rowling. Not only did Rowling single-handedly chance the face of children’s fantasy within the lifetime of the series, her series got an entire generation to find a love of reading.
- The Lord of the Rings series and the Hobbit by JRR Tolkien. Some series speak for themselves.
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