I hate doing bios. I suppose that's one thing about me that everyone should know. Bios are pretentious. They presuppose that people actually want to learn something about you. Personally, I enjoy meeting people and talking with them face-to-face. I enjoy developing long-term friendships and I enjoy the interaction that this allows. Bios do none of that. However, within the last paragraph, you've learned five things about me that you didn't know before.
I am married to the most amazing woman in the world. She is more than my muse, she has conspired to inspire me to push myself into writing. I have always loved to write, but my wife has been the one to say, "This is what God intended for you to do, so do it." She believes in me and I think that alone is worth more than any writing class or book on writing a budding writer could invest in.
I have 5 children (three of my own and two step and for their privacy, that's all that I'll say, besides the fact that I love them all).
If you were interviewing me and asked what I enjoy reading, I'd tell you, "Everything." Then I would sit in uncomfortable silence until you stuttered a bit. I'd smile then say, "I know, that's not quite what you meant." I enjoy books by Stephen King. I think his Gunslinger series is his best work. The character development is amazing and the story, regardless of what you think about the ending, is epic and colorful. The two things I enjoyed most about this series were the character development of Eddie Dean, who I hated when he was introduced and who I loved by the end of the series, and the interweaving of the plot with the other books that Stephen King has written.
I also enjoy Neil Gaiman's work (American Gods is one of my favorites). The fact that he has written for many different levels and types of books from children's books to adult novels to graphic novels is inspiring to me. I'd love to be able to do that. I secretly enjoy Anne Rice, however, her overly descriptive nature tends to be a bit heavy-handed. There are many other authors I enjoy for many reasons: Thomas Harris (Silence of the Lambs, et al), Nathan Singer (In the Light of You), Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler's Wife). If I ever write a time travel book, I hope it's half as good as Niffeneggers because I'll make the NY Times Best Sellers list. It's exceptional in its character development and the love story isn't over the top and the suspension of disbelief is enough that you can believe in what's happening without questioning the minor time travel paradox issues that so many SF fans love to ramble on about.
There are many other authors that I enjoy. I want to end my author list with Hemingway and Frost. I love Robert Frost because his poetry does so many things on different levels. Metaphor is always present, yet subtle. His verse wraps you in a warm blanket, sits you in front of the fire and makes you feel at home. Ernest Hemingway. Mostly all that needs to be said about this man is that his prose is so good, he can take what seems to be an extremely boring subject (an old fisherman catching a huge fish) and make you want to read it to the end. If you don't believe me, read The Old Man and the Sea.
Let's see, what other boring stuff? My favorite song is "Oh Holy Night". If that song isn't divinely inspired then I don't know what is.
My favorite color is purple, although, since I'm also a designer, that can change on a daily basis.
Now you know a bit about me, but if you really want to get to know me, you should follow this blog and if the spirit moves you, contact me. I'll do my best to answer your e-mails.