I was born in Clinton, Missouri in 1985 to my wonderful parents Bob & Maurita and I grew up in the booming metropolis that is Bagdad, Kentucky. Yeah, I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of that over the years, although Bagdad does have camels, believe it or not. It’s a long story. After graduating from Shelby County High School, I attended the prestigious Centre College, which Forbes Magazine once called the best school in the country. There, I received degrees in International Relations and Spanish and had the opportunity to do quite a bit of globetrotting. In 2009, my interest in all things worldly culminated with my completing a M.A. in Diplomacy and International Commerce at the Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce at the University of Kentucky. Go Cats!
My interest in writing was sparked from an early age. Growing up, writing and painting were outlets for my imagination and my mother and grandmother helped guide me enough to be pretty decent at putting words together. I probably get my storytelling ability from my old man (he’s a talker). I won a variety of awards for my writing throughout my formative years and, like so many aspiring writers, took an interest in poetry first. I probably wrote a poem a night through most of middle school and high school and still have boxes full of most of them, although the majority of them probably aren’t fit to be scribbled on a napkin in crayon. Real angsty stuff, if you know what I mean. Alas, teenagers…
But writing a novel was always my dream. I took a couple of swings at it while in college, but the learning curve proved to be quite a bit steeper than I had ever anticipated. I knew how to write, but it wasn’t as easy to just sit down and write something 80,000 words long that people would find worth reading. I had to buckle down and learn how to tell my story, how to develop good characters, how to keep a plot moving, how to introduce background, how to keep the reader interested… It was a fun learning process, but I was naïve to ever think it would be easy.
In 2011, I completed my first “true novel” and named it The Notice. The story was based loosely on a childhood dream of my fiancée, Nina, who emigrated from Bosnia to the United States in 1997. You can read plenty more about that on the “Books” page of my site and a few “Making Of” entries I plan to write, but what’s important is that navigating “The Notice” through about five distinct stages of drafting & edits helped mold me into a much better writer and I could not be happier that more than 10,000 people have downloaded it since release in January of 2012. It’s a long road to success, fellow authors; as my dad once told me, you have to do it not for the money, but because nothing else can scratch the itch that a writer feels.
My other beloved hobbies are soccer, playing guitar just…horribly, cheesy dance music & K-Pop, swimming, and bragging obnoxiously about my world travels.
“Naked in Korea” (2012) – Travelogue/Memoir of Teaching in South Korea.
“The Last Cup” (2012) – Dystopian Future Tale that Crosses “The Hunger Games” with “Brave New World”…and it’s about soccer.
Untitled Fantasy Series (2013) – A remake of a fantasy series I’ve been planning for 5 years.
“Spill the Wine” (2013) – A different kind of vampire story that begins in an Argentine prison.