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In 2002, I published a book called The Last One.  I struggled with that title.  Even today, the title sounds very bland and unattractive.  Given all the challenges writing it, I wondered if the title was a little foreshadowing.  It was several more years before I wrote again.

I have always been a reader especially of fantasy and science fiction.  As a kid, I remember reading Piers Anthony's Ogre, Ogre and being immediately hooked.  My Uncle Bill was a huge reader.  Every time he visited, he had a stack of novels with him.  When he noticed I had a reading interest, he let me keep Ogre, Ogre along with a few novels from the Xanth series.  At 11 years old, I thought that was pretty awesome. 

After reading the entire Xanth series, I then read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, then Thomas Covenant, and then Chronicles of Narnia.  It went on and on.  I couldn't read enough.  I would be lost in those worlds for hours.  My brothers surely hated me for it.  They always needed another player for wiffle ball or football.  They couldn't pry me away from those books.

I had no prior writing experience except the required English courses in college and never liked them much.  It took a bit of creativity to stretch a one-pager into a five page essay.  I studied Business and majored in Finance instead.  Graduated, found a job working for a financial services firm, got married, bought a house, and started a family.  I continued to read like a maniac.  Then one day, it occurred to me that I should try to write my own science fiction novel.  Afterall, how hard could it be? 

It was harder than I thought, but I felt determined.  I wrote for more than two years in between growing children, a full time job, and among life's other demands.  Early mornings worked best for the family schedule.  Even today, most writing is done before 7am.

The Last One was finally published.  Since then, writing has become a journey for me like a ship circumnavigating the globe.  Each wave is a new test to my writing skill.  Just when I think I've mastered sailing, the next wave humbles me and teaches me a new lesson.  Each story is a lesson for the next one that follows.

As you can see, those 5am to 7am writing sessions started to accumulate.  I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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