Fiction. Lies for entertainment. “My first thought was he lied in every word…” I’ve always loved that line, ever since Stephen King turned me on to it and I read Robert Browning’s poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”. I’ll admit I didn’t get the buzz from the whole poem that King did, but that line gives me a shiver. What I want to do is just the opposite; I want to lie to you with every word of my fiction, without you noticing at all. Suspension of disbelief. If there is some point of my story where the brakes screech to a halt and you say “well, that just doesn’t make any sense”, I’ve failed at my job and need to be taken into the manager’s office and signed up for some additional training. If it makes you put the story away without finishing it, then I need to be handed my pink slip and sent on down the road.
Writing fiction is serious business. For me, it’s about providing a story that allows people to escape reality for a while. If I hear that one of my stories kept someone awake and turning pages until the early hours of the morning, well past their normal bed time, that gives me a high no drug could match. I’d like to make a living doing it as well, but I’ve been writing since I was a kid and have enjoyed every minute of not making a cent off of it. The first story I recall writing was about a flying saucer landing and a bunch of fire-breathing dinosaurs getting out and wreaking havoc on the planet. For that, I was picked to attend an event where I got to meet a real-life author, all for the unique idea of putting Godzilla on a space-ship. The event was auspicious, as it turned out; I wrote that story when I was about ten years old and never stopped.
This site is also about my work out there and available for people to read and hopefully enjoy. If people enjoy it, maybe they will like my site. If enough people like my site, then perhaps an agent I’ve queried with my work will take notice and I’ll land a book deal. I’m not one of those artists who makes art for solely for art’s sake; if you are good at something, you enjoy it, and you can get paid for it, then why the hell not? So, if you read my fiction and you like it, thank you, I appreciate and am glad to hear it. If you don’t like it, I appreciate criticism as well, as the only way a writer can improve is by hearing what doesn’t work in their fiction as much as what does.
So with that, thanks for taking the time to visit, and I hope you enjoy what you find.