I started writing when a good friend of mine went off to the Navy during my first year of college. We enjoyed playing pen-and-paper role playing games such as Shadowrun and Rifts. I kept running the multi-genre campaigns in his absence with rest of the gang. I didn’t want him to lose touch with the group, so I followed the example of my grandmother and wrote a story. Across oceans, snail mail brought the continuing adventures of our characters to him. He enjoyed it immensely and wanted me to write more.
The years passed as I chronicled the adventures of our characters. My stories left the realms of the old role playing games and the characters no longer fit their cookie-cutter archetypes of origin. Their epic adventures changed their universe for better and sometimes worse. I effectively created my own continuity. The gang went their separate ways as we entered the workforce.
Something changed within me. I still had the storytelling itch. Using my past writing experiences, I created new worlds, new characters and new facets to old favorites. Then came the years of rough drafts and revisions. Millions of words later, I came into my own as a writer. I joined the Nebraska Writers Workshop and happily grew as a writer under their expert guidance. Now, I embark on the latest adventure in writing. I eagerly await the worlds to which it will take me.