ABOUT THE AUTHOR
In the 4th grade I would say, “I want to be a writer when I grow up, and live in a cabin in the mountains, and drive a Ferrari.”
Of course driving a Ferrari in the mountains is not a great idea, but my passion and goal existed early on. Oddly, I wasn’t a big reader when I was young. The two things that I read were; Stephen King’s “Nightshift”, (he had my same name so he was cool), and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. Later I became enthralled by the Choose Your Own Adventure books. However, the truth was, I wasn’t interested in writing a book, as much as I was with telling stories and creating worlds. This was going to be what I did. I was sure of it. But the older I got the more taken I became with architecture and building real worlds.
Life moves in mysterious ways and eventually I found myself working in a small important subgroup of architecture, historic preservation. My career in architecture and design has now spanned almost twenty years and I have designed buildings, a lot of custom homes and worked on a wide variety of historical projects.
Still, the urge to write was always there nagging at me. For years I would write down character ideas, and world ideas, names of places and people and ideas for scenes. These story ideas only bloomed brighter when my wife and I had children. I would tell my son stories at night after the book I read to him didn’t put him to sleep.
That’s what The Binding Tempest is for me. It is a lifetime’s creation finally come to fruition. I will admit most of my storytelling influences are derived from movies and TV. Though I have had many impactfully novels in my life too; Nightshift, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, East of Eden, and the Eye of the World. With the Eye of the World and the entire Wheel of Time series it was like I had finally found the immersive fiction I had always seen in my mind. Something that rivaled the great flicks I had devoured over and over.