I was born in Eastern Kentucky in 1984. My mother died when I was a year and a half old. I was raised by my father. My father died in 2003 when I was 19. Since both deaths were due to cancer, cancer is a cause very dear to my heart. I have been diagnosed with depression and generalized anxiety disorder, so those causes are also very important to me.
I had my first taste of publishing success in 2001 at the age of 17 when an article I wrote was published by the Lexington Herald-Leader. The article was titled, DEPRESSION: TEENS ARE RELUCTANT TO TELL PARENTS HOW THEY FEEL. In addition to the Lexington Herald-Leader, I have been published in local publications such as Kentucky's The Christian Messenger (poem, "Through the Storm") and Tennessee's Upper Cumberland Now (essay, "I Am a Father"). I have had many of my poems published on dozens of websites. In 2007, I self-published a collection of my poetry, A WAY HOME.
As a child, I had two dreams: to become an actor, and to become a writer. I have been lucky to achieve both of those goals in small degrees. I appeared in a play called LYING IN STATE in 2005. Would love to do more work in the theater, but have put that dream on the backburner while I pursue my writing.
I married in 2008 and we welcomed our first child, a son, into the world in 2009.
I have recently finished working on my first novella, The Bittersweet Light.