My love affair with reading, if you can believe my father, began before I had learned to tie my shoes. Certainly, I don't remember a time when I wasn't reading. My love affair with horror came when I first read Christine, by Stephen King. Fate delivered the final blow when a relative of mine, noticing that I was always in the middle of a different book (or two, or three) every time he saw me said: "You're always reading books. You should try writing one." I thought "Wait...what?" And then I thought "Well, jeez, that's pretty obvious, isn't it?" And here I am, years later, obsessed with writing. I will lovingly write in any subject or genre, but my first love - my "true north" as Stephen King would put it - is horror. I love it. I still remember that delicious thrill of fear when I read Christine, and the thought of bringing that feeling to a reader with my work is what drives me.
But lest you think that's all there is to me, here are some other things I love. Martial arts. It's been a love of mine ever since I was a child and found a Wushu demonstration on cable. I became obsessed with martial arts, martial arts movies, Asian culture (I used to speak pretty decent Chinese, but along with the Spanish and French I used to speak, the old saying applies: if you don't use it, you lose it, and right now, it's mostly lost...but in an emergency, I could get by), and, it bears repeating...martial arts movies. I knew Jackie Chan LONG before he became a "thing" in America. I love drawing. Done it since I was a young'un. My best friend, J.R. Mounts and I collaborate on a comic strip for kids called Scairy Tales, and a parody of old pulp noir fiction called Fried Pickle Noir. We've got a website, and we're on Facebook, too. Check it out. It's cool! I love comic books - the X-Men rule, but there's a whole slew of heroes and villains I could spend hours geeking out over.
Anyway, that's me in a nutshell. My world in microcosm. If you're still with me at this point, I suspect you and I will get along just fine. Come back and visit sometime. I've got some stories to tell.