I am a writer, new by some standards, and old by others. I started writing poetry at a young age, inspired by my grandmother–a fantastic storyteller. She gave me a love of words; words that crawled off of the tip of your tongue and found their way to the page. But most of all, she developed my imagination and drive to write.
Art for me is a journey. A travel through space and time. Never during my lifetime has anyone accused me of not having an imagination. Since I could pick up a pencil or write in a notebook, I’ve always had some sort of media at my disposal. Something to release the inner turmoil of my day. I knew if the day was horrible, I had a book or my art waiting for me. I dove in and escaped as often as I could.
I also had friends along the way who have guided me in the direction I’ve gone. People who loved sci-fi and fantasy, but most of all, Horror. A friend turned me on to Clive Barker through the first volume of The Books of Blood and a book of selected works by Poe. My mother turned me on to Stephen King and Dean Koontz. I’ve harbored a love of this genre over the years, starting there.
I’m now branching out in a different direction. Always before, I would only show my skills to family and some friends. I was encouraged to try and get my writings and art out to the public but always felt I was never ready. Those ideas are changing. I’m ready to take this road to the next level.
I live in a small town on the banks of the Ohio River. A place I’ve lived my entire life. Here, folklore and stories abound, mostly in the oral tradition. There are a myriad of characters and scenes in which to acquire inspiration. This has been my home since I was born and I would have it no other way.
I am a father and grandfather and wish to leave a legacy of written material for my family someday, as well as the public at large; for no matter where this journey has taken me or will take me, I will continue to write and draw. I long for it and desire to let my thoughts flow freely. Besides, if I don’t put it down on paper, my crazy thoughts will consume me.
This site, I hope, will help those who wish to follow my journey as a writer, and guide readers to my books. Thank you for reading.