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I spent my childhood checking for monsters under the bed, hiding from bullies, and watching the sky for alien invaders. Facing my fears has been a lifelong pursuit. Some I've banished, others I've befriended, and more wait around the corner for me. Fear's greatest enemy is hope, and its greatest ally is isolation. By sharing these fears in my stories I find hope in the connections I make with my audience. That frightened child still lives inside me, but he's not alone.
I started writing before I could read. Or rather, I started dictating to my older sister who humored me as I told her a story that sounded oddly like the Wizard of Oz, which I had watched for the first time the day before. I remember the Wizard of Oz as an annual event when it would play on TV and the whole family would gather and watch together. Seems silly today with on-demand movies, DVDs, and Netflix.
I've always been drawn to the fantastic in stories, whether fantasies such as The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, or The Sword of Shannara (my fantasy foundation as I call them) or science fiction by such masters as Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke (my ABCs of SciFi). Growing up, I would oscillate between the two genres, which seemed polar opposites to me. I played around with crossing the two into a single story, but I always felt I was compromising one or the other in the process. It just didn't feel right.
Then I started discovering the works of authors like Charles de Lint, Neil Gaiman, and Tim Powers. Each of these authors had a unique way of telling fantastic stories that broke away from the Lord of the Rings wannabes. For starts, many of their stories take place in the real world. Charles brings the old world of faerie into a small town along with some Native American mythology in a way that mystified and intrigued me. Neil masterfully weaves stories of fantasy in modern (and sometimes not so modern) setting with a fresh retelling of familiar stories with a kind of down-home feel. Tim blew my mind when I first read Expiration Date--his was more of a ghost story, but it was unlike any ghost story I had ever read before. He created a subculture of ghost addicts and told tales the intermingled history with fiction; at times I am struck by my ignorance of what is real and what is not.
So I set out to create characters in a familiar setting (Seattle) where they encounter people, creatures, and beings that challenge their perception of reality--and hopefully yours as well. How Deep Lies the Shadow pulls together mythologies from multiple cultures to tell a story of corruption, redemption, and our most basic needs of friendship and family.
As of the writing of this bio, I am nearing the completion of the first draft of the sequel, What Mystery Sounds the Echo. Since I have a day job, I have been writing WMSTE on my iPhone during my train commute home from Seattle to Tacoma (and eventually Olympia). No, I'm not using the phones keyboard; I have a bluetooth keyboard that simplifies the process. You can follow my progress on Twitter.
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