After a number of years as a middle school English and history teacher, I decided my life needed to take a different course. I have always enjoyed writing and have a more than decent imagination. With my BA in Classical Humanities and my MA in Comparative Literature, I have always enjoyed stories based in myth and fantasy, or in historical events. I have had ideas bouncing around my mind for many years, but finally this past year (2007) I took the big step and began putting one of them on paper (okay, actually into my computer, but you know what I mean).
If I have any major influences in writers, one of them would have to be J.R.R. Tolkien, particularly his LOTR Trilogy and the prequel books (Silmarillion, et. al.). I also must tip my hat to Mary Renault and her books based on Greek history and mythology.