“I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a writer…” is NOT something you’ll hear me utter.
I grew up in a tiny Midwestern town, where the idea of a child wanting to grow up to be a writer would have resulted in a short burst of laughter, a sympathetic pat on the head, and some (likely worthless) career advice.
No, as a kid, and later a young adult, I was convinced that a career in law enforcement was for me. I even went so far as to join the military after a year of college. I wound up spending over a year in Baghdad, which wasn’t entirely pleasant, and the following four years having Uncle Sam pay for my Bachelor’s degree (which was slightly more pleasant).
Oh, and that degree? NOT a law enforcement degree. It was a marketing degree.
I spent the next 8 years working in sales and marketing before I eventually realized that I hated working for corporations, answering to people I didn’t see eye to eye with, and having more people I didn’t see eye to eye with answer to me. In short, I was in middle-management hell.
So, for fun, I started writing short stories. A few of those stories got picked up by magazines. Then, I wrote a novel. It turns out that people liked the stuff I wrote. After one particularly awful day at the office, I decided to throw in the towel and quit my corporate gig.
For the last 5 years, I’ve been writing fiction and doing freelance work for others. You can find out more about the freelance stuff here, and even hire me if you’re looking for content of your own.
In closing, I’m an (almostbutnotquite) middle-aged husband and father who realized he missed his calling and is now trying to make up for lost time by doing what he truly loves. I’m not rich, but I’m much happier than I was when I had a “real” job.
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