I’ve been composing stories for as long as I can remember. Starting with a bare speck of an idea, I’d expand over and again as I daydreamed my way through classes, floated in the pool in our backyard, or drifted off to sleep. The Hobbit mesmerized and focused the kinds of stories I told my young self (at least until Gandalf died in LoTR, at which I point I refused to read another word for three months).
I grew up in Silicon Valley just as it was earning that moniker. My mother, who gave me that full color edition of Tolkien’s classic, not only encouraged my reading habit, but gave me the opportunity to travel throughout Scotland, England, Ireland, France, Spain, and Africa where I was the only teen who wanted to climb every set of stairs in the castle and see every display in the museum.
My curious college career had me studying History (American, European, and the Catholic Church) and Theology. Not until much later did it occur to me that it was people’s stories that really interested me in both fields. The trials and foibles of Queens and Saints were what excited me. [BTW if you’ve never read Tuckman’s biography of Queen Victoria, you’ve missed out on an amazing read.] In the years following college, I started a half dozen novels as I continued to devour Asimov, Alison Weir, C.S. Lewis, Terry Brooks, and Raymond Feist. As I page through those early attempts, I can sense themes that I still write about.
Fast forward a decade or two, and I’ve made a career working at a handful of the biggest names in technology, and co-founded a startup that we sold to another tech giant. In my all-too-rare downtime, my brother-in-law and editing partner pushed for me to get through first drafts of two novels, all the while showing me that I can carry the spark of an idea from beginning to end. The time came to plunge into my passion and dedicate myself to the stories I’m so close to finishing, as well as the ones that are still rumbling about in my imagination.
Everything is possible because of my incredible wife, our three amazing children, and the retriever who lumbers through the house wondering what I could possibly be doing that’s more important than taking him for a walk.
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