The author has been a lifelong, avid fan of
mythology, science fiction and fantasy works, with a long career in
As a child, he immersed
himself in the Golden Picture Book Encyclopedia and Edith
Hamilton's "Mythology," reading them probably hundreds of
times. He enjoyed C. S. Lewis' "Narnia" series numerous times
until he found his true love of fantasy — "The Lord of the Rings",
including "The Hobbit."
While in high school, he ghost wrote
what might have become the "Encyclopedia Hobbitannica," if that had
not been published first. Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein and
Frank Herbert are among his favorite SF writers.
When he was introduced to the
adventures of fantasy role-playing games with "Empire of the Petal
Throne," he became enamored with the idea of creating worlds filled
with different life-forms and a wide variety of professional
He began writing full-length
novels while still in high school, and he considers "Mystic Prince"
to be the first of many published novels to come.