Writing was always a love of mine. Even in college and grad school, I would write fictional beginnings to essays or term papers to give a proper setting for the rest of the discussion. My first real attempt at writing a novel came during a slow week of finals in college. So while everyone I knew was stressed and staying up late cramming for weighty exams, I snuck off to the computer lab to eat Kit-Kats and write about a disgraced submarine captain and his search for redemption.
I became a professional writer in 2005 when I was paid the princely some of $15 for a book review of The Da Vinci Code. It might have been $1,500 for the way it made me feel. Over the next two years, I published a number of reviews and study guides for SEEK magazine (now titled In Part), a quarterly publication of the Brethren in Christ denomination.
These days I spend most of my time as a librarian at a law firm. I have written a stack of manuscripts of all kinds–mystery, heist, MG sci-fi–that I am gradually revising with the goal of getting them out into the world one day. I still participate in Nanowrimo and Camp Nanowrimo.