About Me

I grew up in Michigan and Florida, but you could equally say I grew up in Tolkien’s Middle Earth and C.S. Lewis’s Narnia.  From the first time I walked through the wardrobe into Narnia, I knew that I loved fantasy fiction.  It allowed me to dream of bright places and also of the dark and mysterious.  In high school, I read voraciously and spent many hours playing roleplaying games with my friends.  But when I went to college, I thought I should try to grow up and work towards a “real” career.

I thought I would translate my love for castles into an architecture career.  I soon discovered that while I was okay at the art side of being an architecture student, I was horrible at the math side.  After three grueling semesters, I decided to change majors.  I didn’t know what I would change to, but I knew I wasn’t an architect.  I went to a career counselor to try to figure out what to do with myself.  He told me that I should take a variety of classes and see what I liked and see what I was good at.  At the time, this seemed like the worst possible advice, but I couldn’t think of any better plan, so I did what he said.

I took criminal justice classes and political sciences classes.  I took anthropology, philosophy and English.  What I discovered was that I had a talent for writing.  I soon embraced an English degree path and found that I could get A’s and be happy about it at the same time.  When I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 1990, I was again at a cross roads.  Some of my professors at the University of Florida urged me to go to grad school. My father suggested law school.

I moved back home, while I figured it out.  Since an epiphany didn’t seem to be happening very quickly, my mother suggested I get a job at the new local bookstore while I figured it out.  I instantly feel in love with the book business.  I met many authors and shared my love of reading with people everyday.  Meanwhile, on my own, I worked on various projects.  I have journals full of rambling thoughts, short stories and embarassing rants.  I began to have a desperation to write.  I was surrounded by books all day and I wanted to see a book of my own on shelf.

I worked in bookstores for many years, spending most of my time as a manager for Barnes and Noble.  I worked in four stores over fifteen years and during that time I began to seriously work on my novel, Hawthorne.  I realized early on that much of writing is rewriting.  As a reader, I never realized how many drafts a manuscript needs to go through before it is ready for anyone else to read.  But I knew good writing and I continued to work on my book.

In 2011 We were blessed with the birth of our son.  As my wife and I contemplated how we wanted our child raised, we came to the conclusion that we didn’t want him in day care.  We decided that I would stay home with our boy and take the opportunity to finish my book. Years later, I’ve finally finished my book.

I’m excited to share Hawthorne with the world! I hope you enjoy reading it and I’d love to hear what you think.

 

 

3 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Kevin,
    What a great description of yourself. I had no idea you looked at this world from an author’s point of view. I’ll be glad to read your book when you put it on the market.

    • Hey Bob
      Yeah we never really had a chance to talk about writing or books on those Elko trips did we? I’ll keep you posted about how the publishing end of things is going. How’s your band doing?
      Kevin

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