I was born in Los Angeles and raised in San Diego California. I have always been a hard worker; I sold Fortune Cookies door to door with my brother when we were in the first & second grade. My dad bought stuff at Garage Sales and sold them at the local flea market. We would help our dad load up & unload his van or truck. We were a regular “Sanford and Son” team.
My school years were terrible. My first year of junior high, I was kicked out because I wasn’t smart enough. The school that I was shipped out to was just like “Lean on Me” the movie. My reading level never progressed passed the eighth grade, I would learn this later.
In my junior year of high school, at the end of an up and down English semester, Mr. Miller, my English, teacher gave me a “B” instead of a “C.” I had a terrible first quarter that year. I had received a “D”. I didn’t want to flunk the class so I worked hard the second quarter. When I received my report card I was surprised that I received a “B” and not a “C.”
I asked him why he gave me a “B”. I don’t recall what he said, but he did mention the fact that I had a “D” in the first quarter and I had impressed him so much with my writing and expeditious work that it deserved a “B” for the semester. I will never forget that.
In 1989, I didn’t know how I was going to pay for college, so I joined the California Army National Guard, (I never saw any action, only the 1992 LA Riots). Two weeks after I graduated from Clairemont Senior High I was shipped to Ft.Jackson to do my Army Training. Graduating from Army Basic Training was and still is the best feeling of accomplishment in my life. I did a couple of trainings at Ft.Irwin, one trip to Panama, and another to San Francisco.
When I arrived at this local junior college in the fall of 1991, I discovered that I had graduated from high school with an eighth grade education level. I think, subconsciously, that I pursued an Associates degree because I wanted to prove to myself that I could succeed at a higher level. It took me ten years to get a two year degree, but I accomplished it.
I didn’t pursue anything further because by now I had settled down with a mortgage, car payment, kids, etc.
During those 10 years I relocated from one state to another. I worked for the Housing Authority as a clerk. I transferred military branches. I walked away from the Naval Reserves in 1999. This was not by choice, because I had made a commitment to attend full time college and I was working a 12 hour shift for Fruit of the Loom. I had been in the Reserves from 1989 to 1999.
After I graduated from the local junior college with an Associates Degree in Graphic Arts, I found that the degree didn’t help me at all. So I decided to stay at Fruit of the Loom and work part time as a grocery stocker for the local Wal-Mart. Two years later I was laid off from Fruit of the Loom.
I am a man that had been in the reserves for 10 years, graduated from a junior college with Associates and now was working as a Grocery stocker and making $6.45 an hour. My good credit helped me get by. This is the point in my life where I began to wonder what rewards were out there for good hard working people.
I decided that my life was destined to be like an island, if I didn’t make use of my hard work ethic. This is when I became selfish, and invested all my hard work in me. I tried to work hard, be humble, and let things develop. However, sometimes that isn’t the case. Sometimes you have to make a raft and leave that island.
My raft came in the form of my writing. I remembered my last Annual Trip with the Naval Reserves. I had my A.T. in Spain, and while I was out there I went to a bull fight. Because I still had memories and pictures of my trip I created the story in my head wrote it down while I was working two jobs. I finished the story in 3 months. However, it would take two years to give it passion.
Things went from bad to worst when I learned that my son had Autism. I learned this, 3 months after I initially started the book. I had to rewrite it put my son’s disability in it and make sense of it. That is why it took me two more years to do.
During those first two years I worked as an Over Night Freight Team Member for Home Depot. I worked as a video editor for the local church and a website company.
I decided to invest some money in publishing the first part of my book so nobody else would say I stole their idea or creation. Authorhouse published the first part of my book but didn’t do much after words. I wasn’t bitter, I appreciated their work. You might think I wasted my money, but I don’t think so because my book was legitimately published.
My book was published in May of 2007, I couldn’t do much to promote it because that same month I was let go by the company I worked for. What can I say, you scratch and crawl your way out the bottom of the barrel, and just like that, you have to start over again.
I would get another job but it wouldn’t be until October of that same year. By then I was a broke man with a family to feed and in a deeper hole than I was in when I was laid off the first time.
Nevertheless, I drove on. Sure it was discouraging. But if I could describe the scenario it would be similar to a prelude to how people feel about the economy now. We dread the forecast, but we hunker down and prepare for the worst.
Since everything in the book was created by me; story, illustrations, etc. I decided to change the cover. Give it a more appealing look. I gave the book the ending it deserved. The ink for the illustrations was expensive any way I cut it, so I decided to make two calendars and sort of make them the story board to the book. It was less expensive.
This is my bio; I want to apologize if it is confusing, too long, or more information than what you wanted. I have always written this way, you can call it overkill but I can’t help myself. Maybe I’m autistic too.
The people that have read my book have criticized it saying it is too long to be a children’s book. The majority of people however loved it saying it is a very creative story. I put five years into this book. When you read it you will feel the passion and in a way you will relate to it. The book might be fantasy but it holds a true nature.
I hope you’ll buy the book and enjoy it. Thank you.