I am a dark fantasy author, avid reader, and lover of stories, arts, and languages. I was an avid Dr. Seuss fan as a child and checked out, literally, armloads of his books from my library. I credit him with being my first inspiration in imaginative ventures.
When I was in fifth grade, I chose to do a book report on The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I was surprised and crushed when the teacher told me no. She said it was too long and hard — that I needed to pick something more age appropriate. I argued until I won the right to do it, but she warned there would be no exceptions to the due date. Not only did I finish the book on time, but I got an A on it. That book started me down a lifelong path of love for fantasy literature and art in general.
I started writing novel-length fiction in high school for my friends, but went to college as an art major wanting to illustrate publications. Later, at the recommendation of one of my English professors, I switched to English literature and languages studies. I discovered I enjoyed writing stories more than illustrating them. Since then, I have also worked as a reference room librarian, tutor, and a freelance database consultant. One of my favorite jobs was working for Wizards of the Coast, collecting data for an in-house encyclopedia on their Dragonlance series.
My literary influences include J.R.R. Tolkien, Anne Rice, R.A. Salvatore, Anthony Burgess, Charles Dickens, Edgar Allen Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft, among many others. I am primarily a storyteller at heart, so I will always be writing something. It’s not a career for me; it’s a love affair — a way of life. If I can entertain others along the way, it will be a good journey.
My writing is also heavily influenced by my years living in Japan and my affinity for Northern European cultures. I am a Third Culture Kid, having had 22 addresses between 2 continents over my lifetime … so far. Currently, I’m in WA state in the U.S., with my daughter, our dog, my cat, and my guinea pig. When I’m not writing about dark elves and vampires, I love reading, playing computer games, researching lore and linguistics, and creating or admiring various arts. I also enjoy hiking, history, philosophy, cultural studies, and playing with hair colors, which change upon whim.
Yoroshikuonegaishimasu! (bow, bow) Nice to meet you! 🙂