I write supernatural horror novels, novellas, and short stories that get your heart pumping. I've always loved scary movies, exploring haunted houses, campfire ghost stories, and reading suspenseful mysteries that make so you curious you have to find out what will happen next. For me, writing horror is about giving readers a fun adrenaline rush through nail-biting stories and characters you can connect with and root for as they confront horrors that are both real and imagined. I've now published seven books.
I grew up in Dallas, Texas. I come from a large extended family from both West Texas near Lubbock and South Texas near San Antonio. As a boy, I had an active imagination and loved reading scary stories. I read a lot of Stephen King, Dean Koontz, James Herbert, and Robert R. McCammon. I started playing around with writing fiction in high school. I decided I wanted to be a novelist when I was nineteen and wrote my first novel in college. I never gave up on my dream of being an author. OK, to be honest I got discouraged many times, and questioned whether I could ever make a living as an author. I finally decided that writing novels is my calling, and I was going write books no matter what. That determination propelled me to complete my novels and novellas get them published.
My writing journey began over twenty-five years ago when I started my first novel and wrote a few short stories. I studied creative writing and screenwriting at the University of Texas at Austin. I attended a writing retreat in Rome with bestselling authors John Saul, Terry Brooks, and Elizabeth George. I've taken a workshop with Brian Keene and learned a lot about what it takes to be a successful author. I've worked as a ghost writer and edited a number of books for other authors, both fiction and non-fiction. In my own fiction, I enjoy writing stories where realism crosses over into surrealism. That means I strive to write believable characters and blur the reality between our physical world and dimensions where supernatural beings and creatures can exist. Success for me didn't happen overnight. I've put in thousands of hours of writing (seriously) and received a lot of rejections from agents and publishers in the beginning. As an entrepreneur, I decided if I was going to be a career author, I had to take action to get the ball rolling. So I originally self-published my first novel, Shadows in the Mist. I've had some unexpected successes with it. Within weeks of its release the novel hit number one on Amazon's bestselling Thrillers & Mysteries list. It held there for a few hours, and actually surpassed The DaVinci Code, which fell to #4, and I remember being awestruck. Shadows in the Mist was well received by most reviewers. It went on to win a gold medal for Best Horror novel in the 2007 Independent Publishers Awards. By late summer of 2007, the book sold to Berkely-Penguin/Putnam for a mass paperback deal and re-released in September 2008. In February 2010, a German publisher translated my book into German and released it in Austria and Germany where it still sells today under the title Schattenkrieger, which translates to Shadow Warriors.
Are my books are currently in transition and will be rereleased soon.
I haven't always been a professional writer. While living in Dallas, I spent several years working as a producer and film/video editor. I edited the documentary Band of Champions, as well as hundreds of corporate videos. I traveled to Iraq twice with the Tostitos and the USO to film TV commercials with the troops. My commercials played during the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, 2011 Fiesta Bowl, and 2011 BSC Championship football game. One of my proudest accomplishments is a WWII documentary I produced about my grandfather.
I've lived most of my life in Texas. For an amazing year and a half, I got to live in Hawaii, on the tropical island of Maui and learned a lot about myself. Today, I'm back living in Dallas. I am writing my next horror novel.
I also write a blog, DARK LUCIDITY, about the exciting and often bumpy career of writing for a living.
Thank you again for visiting. I hope you get a chance to read some of my horror fiction and discover some terrifying creatures waiting in the darkness.