Why "On The Cobblestone Road"?
Life is a journey of unexpected turns and obstacles. We can’t always see past the next curve. The road forks sometimes, leaving us standing in the middle wondering which direction to take. I thought I had a route in mind, but I abandoned my map and forged ahead on a different path. So, here we are.
Cobblestones have been an inexplicably reoccurring element in my stories, perhaps because of their uniqueness and texture, and perhaps I'm drawn to them from my landscape architecture days.
I've been writing poetry for as long as I've had a grasp on the English language and the ability to hold a pen. My poems were being published in national anthologies as early as 2005. About a year later, I wrote my first novella, A Flight of Faith. My first full-length novel, Shadow Rider, was completed soon after. It sat on the shelf for a while until I dusted it off as and spent some time polishing it. Then came the decision to publish, followed by that daunting agent search. I encountered a man who revered my work; he volunteered to be my mentor and guide me through the murky waters of the writing world. He had the power to open doors for me. I was so naïvely excited that I opened my heart wide, unfurled my wings, and soared on the wind of his praises. When he left me to fall, I landed hard on the cobblestones, far away from my destination. But rather than give up on my dream, I crawled into the shadows and poured my soul into a new story, one I'm honored to share with you today.
I graduated from Purdue University in 2015 with a bachelor's of science in landscape architecture and a minor in creative writing. During my college career, I discovered a newfound fascination with linguistics that inspired me to start creating my own alphabets, ciphers, and languages.
In 2018, A Fallen Hero, the first book in the Chronicles of Avilésor: War of the Realms series, was published. The novel was soon critically acclaimed by NAM Editorial, the Prairies Book Review, and Chronicle Focus Editorial, among others, even making book reviewer Lauren Gantt's Top 10 Books of 2019 list and earning the Literary Titan Gold Book Award in May of 2020. The series sequel, Phantom's Mask, was released in July 2020 and is now available.
I encourage you to read my first blog post "Authentication: The Moment We Choose To Define Ourselves" because it showcases how this website started. It was a second beginning for me. I battled my inner demons of self-doubt with the realization that I should not expect others to recognize me as a writer if I didn't first recognize it myself. I finally made it, but I still have a long way to go, and a lot more stories to tell! I'm so grateful I get to share this adventure with you.
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