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Emily in Gwangju, South Korea.
The past few years have been a wild ride.
Going to college, it took me a better part of two years to figure out what I
wanted to do. I knew I wanted to write. I knew I wanted to be a novelist since I
was a child, but I just couldn’t bring myself to finish a manuscript. I started
and stopped several novels in college. I took a creative writing class where all
I learned was that other people like the stories that I write. If anything it
was an encouragement.
Then one day, in the middle of one of my political
science classes, the land of Marenon was born. Characters, locations, plots…
all were forming everyday in almost every class. I knew I should have been
paying attention, but Marenon needed me.
I had to pick a major at some
point, so I chose journalism, because I loved to write. It was fun for a while.
I had good internships and a good editor spot with the university newspaper, but
it all got in the way of fiction. Marenon would have to wait.
I fell in
love with the woman who is now my wife. I graduated college. I moved to Georgia
to work for a newspaper. There was no time for fiction.
About six months
into my job at the newspaper, Emily and I got scared. We looked at each other,
knowing we didn’t want to get stuck in that small town with student loan bills
towering over us. We then decided to make the move to South Korea and teach
It has been an adventure. There is so much to see and a new
culture to get accustomed to, but it also allowed for a lot more free time.
That’s when I came back to Marenon. That’s how The Deliverer was finally
finished. Between teaching English classes, I would type at the computer. I
would go home and type. I would just keep typing. No matter what the
discouragement, I was going to finish The Deliverer.
And I did.
It was one of the most rewarding experiences to see the book in its
final state. My cover artist (Jen Lee) did a fantastic job, my editors, (my wife
Emily, my mother-in-law Kathy, and my sister-in-law Beth) all came through for
Now I have a series. The Gatekeeper, Book Two of the Marenon
Chronicles is the newest edition, and I can’t wait to have the third book
finished. The three books will complete the series, but that doesn’t mean there
won’t be more Marenon in the future.
I plan to make so many more books
for you the reader. I have so many ideas bouncing around in my head that I can’t
wait to get them down into a completed manuscript. The plan is to have a book
out every four months, so you will get frequent updates. Be sure to sign up for
the mailing list to receive updates of when new books are released.
couldn’t have done any of this without my Creator, my wife, friends, family, and
of course… you.