I write fantasy series mostly because I need to do it. The stresses of my mundane existence go away when I'm working on novels. I think it happens because the engrossing work of creating characters and letting them make an interesting story immerses me in something bigger than the small details of my every day life. Why waste brain cells on tax paperwork when I could be scheming the dark intrigues of a power struggle between rival magic users?
Fantasy has long been my favorite genre. Like many people, it started with The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien and became a passion after reading The Lord of the Rings trilogy. My fantasy writing however is not really like Tolkien's. I like to have more romance and gritty reality and characters who are more gray than black and white. Some are entirely evil, but I think it's hard to make someone a completely good person. Temptations act on the best of us all the time.
I tinkered with writing novels when I was a teenager, but soon realized that someone my age could not really write effectively about adult themes because I had not experienced anything. Bilbo needed to travel before becoming a good writer, so I packed my bags for the Misty Mountains too.
Eventually, my natural urge to write fantasy novels returned as an adult and I began to seriously pursue it. I went back to college and earned a journalism degree from California State University, Chico. After that I worked a series of meaningless office jobs while working on my fiction every night. I began publishing my epic fantasy series The Rys Chronicles in 2006, and I am pleased to say that I have entertained readers all over the world.