Thanks so much for stopping by. My quick bio is, I write speculative thrillers, mostly with monsters. I have been podcasting since 2010, first as AudioTim, but now I’m the new Executive Producer of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. To see who I’ve interviewed on there, check out the Episode Gallery, from episode 207 on.
10/14/13 Updated Bio
I recently turned in my novel, Kaimerus, to my editor, Joshua Essoe. I describe Kaimerus as “Firefly crashes on Avatar and wakes up 28 Days Later.” Other than that, my first published story, “Cornhusker: Demon Gene” is available on Kindle for $.99. My best writing accolade other than that short story acceptance is earning Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future contest.
Five Years of Writing Improvement
I graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College near Cleveland, OH as an English and Philosophy Major, but lost confidence in my writing and soon stopped. I moved to South Korea to teach English. While there, God empowered me beyond some demons in my closet, and with my faith renewed, I eventually decided to go to seminary, which led me back home to Iowa.
While in seminary, I took major strides over my depression and I rediscovered my passion for writing. I was a 2008 NaNoWriMo winner, finishing that Fantasy book at 110,000 words in October, 2009. I used Holly Lisle’s How to Revise Your Novel course to edit that novel, entitled, “The Tsadakeen,” only to realize it needed trunked or rewritten. I started my novel, Kaimerus, in late 2011 and have rewritten it twice. In between, I was mentored by professional editors, C.L. Dyck and Lane Diamond.
About My Faith
Because of my degree, I’d better say a little about my faith. I have a Master of Divinity and am glad because of how much I learned about many religions, the Bible and my faith. Most importantly my three years in seminary taught me a level of maturity and joy that have been crucial to battling depression that prevented me from writing beforehand. While I strive to represent the God I love, my fiction writing is not meant to be a soapbox – and neither is this website.
That being said, spiritual warfare and Judeo-Christian history and challenges should be expected as common themes since that is what I know most about. My Kaimerus universe is outside our creation, but will eventually reveal parallels of religious persecution and the battles between flesh and spirit. I don’t enjoy preachy fiction, so don’t expect mine to be either, but to have a universe without religion is unrealistic. In that universe, I have the advantage of subtlety because their history and names are different.
In my Deals with the Dead universe (currently I have a flash fiction, novelette and novella written in that mythos), I take references in the Book of Isaiah about Israel making “deals with Sheol” and expand a fictional take about it being an origin story for zombies. My novelette, “Small Town Scourge,” shows how relics and an ancient book are the tools by which these deals with the dead can either be administered over safely, or… not. The hero of that story is a former youth pastor, but other stories explore different types of people. What I’m trying to say there, is one is clean, and the novella isn’t. While I try not to go overboard with gore, or write gore for gore sake, I don’t yet know how to write characters who would swear without having them swear. My goal is to present stories that are a picture of reality, and while I can avoid the intricacies of sex scenes, dialogue is much more difficult to skip over when things get heated.
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