I have been writing since I was 8 years old. My grandparents and great aunt instilled a love of history. My mother and my best friend instilled a love a books. I was a bibliophile by the time I could talk. Writing naturally grew from that. I was in my late teens when I had my first short story published and have published a few since then.
However, novels have always been my true love. I have written sixteen or seventeen of them, but have had trouble getting published, just like everyone else. Most of my rejection letters have told me to “put a little sex in it” and resubmit. I just never really found the places where they thought the sex belonged.
My other hobbies include travel and I have been to tons of places. For some reason, my two favorites cities to visit are Chicago, Illinois and Berlin, Germany. I love to learn. I am a huge music fan; although, I seem to have jumped off the “new music bandwagon” in recent years. I read as much as possible. I play both steel-tip and soft-tip darts and belong to leagues, as well as being a board member of a steel-tip league. My SO and I go camping almost every other weekend during the summer, including a trip to Noel, Missouri for the World’s Largest Outdoor Dart Tournament: The Chicken Coop Open.
Favorite authors are a hodge-podge of classics, pop novelists and the critically deep: Jane Austen, Gaston LeRoux, Stephen King, Janet Evanovich, HP Lovecraft, Clive Barker, and James Patterson, to name a few.
Favorite bands include KMFDM, Rammstein, Nine Inch Nails, Rob Zombie, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Andrea Bocelli, Pink, and Garbage, also to name a few.
I have a degree in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
I speak English and German with a smattering of Russian in there for some very bizarre reason.
I am secretly in love with Stephen Fry and believe he might actually know everything… I watch QI religiously as a result.