I wrote many short stories as a teenager and a young adult, mostly for school and friends to enjoy. However, none of them exist today and that has bothered me for years. Over the years, I've bounced from one pointless job to another, which paid the bills, of course but left me unfulfilled. I realized in 2009 that I would not be happy until I saw my name on the cover of a novel, so I wrote one. I liked it so much that I wrote another, and I am currently working on a third.
I have been influenced by writers like Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and a ton of others.