Age: 43 (Born in 1979)
Hobbies: Dungeons and dragons, playing video games, reading.
Early life: I grew up with one brother in Santa Clarita, California. Played soccer for ten years, and volleyball in high school. Managed to squeak out a psychology degree from CSUN, but never found a use for it.
I live in the suburbs of Los Angeles, in the city of Sunland. I am married, and have two wonderful kids. When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading, hiking, running family time, video games, and playing dungeons and dragons.
Frequently Asked Questions
Did you always want to be a writer?
I never considered writing as a kid. I actually didn’t read too much until college, so I got a late start. I wrote this story, because I wanted to read a story about the kids like the Goonies traveling in time, and I couldn’t find one close enough to what I was imagining. I had a lot to learn when I started, and this whole passion project took around ten years to complete.
Who were the kids in the story based on?
The group of friends from the story was loosely based on mine from my childhood. As I wrote the story, I imagined how my childhood friends would have reacted in the same situation and the shenanigans that would result in our choices.
Is there going to be a sequel?
Unfortunately, I never wrote this story as more than a standalone adventure. I tried to come up with some ways to turn it into a trilogy, but feel it is best as it is.
What do you like to write?
A lot of my ideas for what to write have had an element of time travel. As I have been super introverted throughout my life, I’ve regularly thought back to conversations that I had earlier in the day, week, or lifetime and thought how things could have turned out differently if I was to do it over again. This has turned into a slight fascination with time travel stories in both literature and on the screen.
When will your next book come out?
I have a couple ideas for my next story, but am still in the outlining phase. I am currently looking at writing a LitRPG and another middle grade.
If you could time travel to any time, when would it be?
I would definitely want to see the distant future, say 1,000 years into the future. That would be as long as humans were still around and not killed by asteroids, global warming, aliens, or if everyone left to explore the universe. If I went to the past, I would definitely want to see an ancient civilization like Sumerian’s, Egypt’s, or Greek’s. As I barely speak English and wouldn’t be able to communicate, I don’t think I would want to stay too long, a week or so would be perfect. Long enough to see what life was really like.
What’s your favorite book?
Generally, I tend to go out of my way to read time travel stories. Some of my favorites are: Replay, Time Traveler’s Wife, 11/22/63.
Some of my favorite authors are Drew Hayes, Shami Stovall, Brandon Sanderson, and Eric Ugland. I usually prefer audiobooks, as I will listen while doing chores.
What’s your favorite movie?
As a kid, I loved Back to the Future, the Goonies, Karate Kid, Big, Spaceballs, and a lot of the 80s movies that I could still rewatch to this day. I have loved all of the MCU films. The fourth phase has been a little touch and go, but I find it all incredibly entertaining. I collected comics, mostly Silver Surfer, and played the classic marvel RPG as a kid and the MCU brings back a ton of memories. Actually, I still play marvel RPG with my elementary school friends a couple times a year, so I clearly never get sick of that universe.
What’s your favorite food? Drink? Sweets? Does pineapple belong on a pizza? Is cereal soup? Is a hot dog a sandwich? Nes cheat code for Mike Tysons Punch-Out? If you could live in any made up world, which one?
Sushi. Mountain Dew. Chocolate. Yes. No. No. 007-373-5963. Star Trek.