This website is about my stories, but this page is about me. I love to write fantasy because I like to imagine the other and the fantastic. I read more widely – I’m a fan of science fiction and literary fiction. I don’t read a lot of mysteries or thrillers or romance, although I’ve certainly explored those genres. I love middle grade and young adult books as well. In fact, I think books in those categories are often more finely-crafted, since the author can’t fall back on sex, profanity, or excessive violence.

When I was in high school, I was three hundred pages into my first serious attempt at a novel when one of my characters got away from me. He didn’t act how I wanted him to act, which was shocking to me because I made him up. I didn’t understand how someone who only existed in my imagination could disobey me. I stopped writing. Then, in college, I joined anime club. Information about the series I liked was tough to find outside of Japan, and in my search I stumbled upon a vibrant fan community. I discovered fanfiction. If I could write someone else’s characters convincingly enough to satisfy the fans, I figured I could probably write my own characters. I spent the next several years writing several novel-length fanfics, practicing characterization, setting, pacing, etc. The fics were well-received, and I decided to make a go of it with my original fiction.

So that’s my writing journey. Some random facts about me: I grew up in Montana and have lived out East and in the Southwest. I’m a cellist, have my black belt in judo, have studied a few Japanese weapons arts, been a wildlands firefighter, have a degree in Spanish literature, and been a graphic designer. I now call the greater Seattle area home with my spouse and two children.

If there’s anything else you’d like to know about me, let me know. I’m happy to answer questions.