I began writing at the age of seven, while watching my mother compose poetry at the kitchen table. I already loved books, so I thought I'd give it a try myself. I've continued writing ever since. Poetry was my first love, and since I was (and am) a dreamer and a lover of anything beautiful, I gravitated towards more classical forms and subjects than has been typical in modern times. I loved the Romantics. I still write poetry occasionally, but nowadays my focus is mainly on Christian fantasy.
I carelessly picked up The Lord of the Rings when I was ten years old, having never heard of it before, and the effect it had on my thinking and my writing was cataclysmic, and it only deepened when I read The Silmarillion shortly thereafter. For a while I was drunk with glory, if that isn't too strong of a word to use. I consider Tolkien to be the greatest writer of fantasy who ever lived, and my awe continues undiminished to this day.
I am a lover of the old school of Christian high fantasy that includes Tolkien, but also C.S. Lewis and George MacDonald, among others. My work is sometimes explicity Christian in nature and sometimes not, but the flavor is always there I think. I've published six novels and a collection of short stories through Jeremiah Press, all of which have been learning experiences for me.
Story-seeds grow from the smallest beginnings, and they often put out the most interesting branches along the way to maturity. I am not the type of writer who begins with a plot already worked out ahead of time before I sit down at the word processor. More often, I begin with a single image or idea, and then grab the bit between my teeth and run with it. From there, I might make landfall anywhere in the whole wide world. When I begin, I haven't got the faintest idea how a story will end or what will happen along the way. In fact, one of the greatest pleasures of writing (for me) is that I have an endless supply of new stories to tell myself.
People sometimes like to know where the particular inspiration for a story came from, and I've never minded discussing these things with those who are interested. It's always encouraging to talk to anyone who took pleasure in my work, and reviews definitely make me feel good about what I do.