1) Tell my followers a little bit about yourself.
Well, I was born and raised in Boise Idaho, but moved to
Northwest Montana with my family at age 15. I had dabbled in
writing a bit before, but my brother was really the author of
the family. He started going to a writing club in high school,
and I tagged along. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t long before I
started to have a renewed interest in writing. Rain Saga was
the ultimate result of that renewed interest.
Now, almost five years to the day since I first put pen to
paper, Rain Saga has been published and I’m looking to the
I still live in Montana, and enjoy hunting, hiking, camping
and kayaking with my family and girlfriend. Living in this area
is definitely good for bringing out the author in me, and I have
a few ideas I’ve been working on in my spare time.
2) What inspired you to start writing?
I’m not really sure. My brother was the first one to start
working on an actual book. But both he and I were always
very interested in writing. Even before I could read and write, I
would dictate my stories to my mother and have her write
them out. So I guess you could say, I’ve always been inspired
to write. But if I had to guess, I would have to say that a major
contributor to my creativity was the fact that my parents read
to me as a child. Listening to my mom read The Lord of The
Rings to my brother and I—that’s what really brought out my
3) Did you ever think at 19 years old when you started writing Rain
Saga, that it would ever be published?
I had always hoped it would be published, but at that age I
really had no idea where to even begin.
4) What do you like best about developing characters?
I would have to say that the thing I like best about developing
characters is making them human—that is to say, giving them
believable personalities, fears, even weaknesses; all those
things that make us who we are. That’s what gives the
characters life, and I enjoy making them real.
5) Who was your favorite character to write?
That’s a tough one. I think I really enjoyed writing Luna’s
character the most—she has a lot of me in her. But most of
my characters all have little bits and pieces of my personality
in them. Keith Tagawa was another really interesting
character to write. He personifies my logical, analytical side
really well; and his awkward and sometimes comical
relationship with Bridget was also really fun to work on. But I
would still have to say that Luna was probably my favorite
character to write.
6) How did you get the idea for Rain Saga?
I actually dreamed up the entire thing over the span of three
nights. At the time, I was working on a fantasy novel I had
shelved a few years prior. But once I had the dream for Rain
Saga, it was all I could think about. One month later I had
written almost two thirds of the book. (Although, at that time
it was going to be a two part series.)
Another inspiration for the story was the climate difference
between Northwest Montana and Boise. To me, it seemed like
it never stopped raining in Montana—a “never-ending saga of
rain” as I said at one time to a friend. So I suppose you could
say that that is where it all began.
7) If you had your own personal AI like many of the characters in
Rain Saga do, what would it look and act like?
My personal AI unit would probably be a lot like Edward. I’m
not sure what he would choose to manifest himself as. But he
would definitely have Edward’s personality.
8) Who are your favorite authors? Why?
That is a tough one. I really like Tolkien’s works, mainly
because those were some of the first books I was exposed to.
But I also liked the Cooper Kid Adventures by Frank Peretti
when I was growing up, and I am still a huge fan of the
Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, and Veronica
Roth’s Divergent series. As for why I like these authors, I
would have to say it is their writing style—it really draws you
into the story and carries you along for the ride.
9) Are you currently working on anything?
I have a few ideas, yes.
10) Any final thoughts you would like to share?
I hope you all enjoy reading Rain Saga, and have as much fun reading
the book as I had writing it.
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