was born in a shed out on a farm back in...No, wait, let's try that
again. I was born in a hospital in the city of.... Hmm... No, that seems
rather dull (well, except perhaps to my mother...)
Let's just move ahead a bit. I spent my formative years (if such they could be called) gasping in the smoggy air of Los Angeles, dreaming of woodlands and castles and dragons (yes, and maidens too...). I finally found the woodlands by moving to Seattle. The trees are still here, at least until the developers chop 'em all down. So Lise and I nuture every little tree that sprouts in our yard, and we now have cedar and fir saplings all over the place. The squirrels love us. So does the moss.
|As I was approaching the age of Douglas Adams' Meaning of Life, I realized that my life-long ambition to be a writer was going to be my life-left ambition unless I got off my duff and did something about it. So I dove into my drawer of accumulated story ideas (tight fit, that was…) and selected the most promising of the many thoughts that had germinated over the years and had been unceremoniously stuffed into said drawer. The Road To Kotaishi began as a couple of scribbled sentences and disjointed thoughts about characters, and ended 700 pages later as a "massive doorstop fantasy" novel.|
|As being a writer is not simply the production of a single work (that would make me only a writer in the past tense, as in "he wrote"…), I embarked on a sequel called The Sands Of Sabakushi. This book concluded the stories of the characters from The Road to Kotaishi, unveiling the magic and mysteries from the first book. To round things out, I have completed a third Tonogato volume, The Pool of Shikama, bringing onto the stage a brand new set of characters with new adventures. This most recent book takes place fifty years after the events of the first two, and covers how the descendents of the original characters deal with the legacy, and legends, of their forbears.|
|In addition to my writing, I've added a bit of art to my creative repertoire, and have been fortunate enough to not only sell a few works at local convention art shows but to also have a number of commissions for book covers and the like. Although I've been writing for quite a while, the art is a relatively recent creative endeavour. It's a great deal of fun and allows me to use a whole different part of my creative side (and they take a lot less time to create than a book...)|
|If you would like to write to me, a link for my email address is below. You can also leave a comment on my blog, or post a note in my forum. And thanks for stopping by! If you haven't yet read any of The Tales of Tonogato books, I hope you'll give them a try. And if you have read them, I hope it was fun! I certainly enjoyed writing them for you!|