I’m a 36-year old father of four and a practicing attorney licensed in the State of California. I’m also a United States Air Force veteran with service in Afghanistan and the Republic of Korea.
Since I was a teenager, it has always been my dream to write novels and/or screenplays. For me, reading and writing creative works is a sanctuary and an escape. Some of my favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, and Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr).
I started writing short stories, often in collaboration with friends, as early as 1st Grade. It’s something I’ve enjoyed doing my entire life. In fact, the genesis of my current novel, “Hoffnungslose Ziele,” came from a NaNoWriMo challenge issued by my best friend back in 2014. The short story I wrote had very little to do with my current novel, but marked the first time I experimented with the epistolary novel format.
For “Hoffnungslose Ziele,” I took Bram Stoker’s Dracula as inspiration, and wrote entirely from the perspective of six characters penning diary entries and the occasional letters to each other. I was also deeply interested in Central European (especially Prussian) folklore, which is why “Hoffnungslose Ziele” dispenses with many of the 20th Century conceptions of such creatures as werewolves and vampires, hearkening back instead to 19th century folklore about these creatures with a healthy dose of my own imagination mixed in.