I've been writing stories since I can remember. Stories, I thought, were just for children my age and I did not think they would go far. At fifteen years old, I was proven wrong. My parents took a look at my stories and saw something in them that I could not see. They saw the potential of a good book, or two!
With my Dad as the editor and my Mom doing the formatting, we self-published these books. I did not think anyone, other than my family, would want to read the ramblings of a young teenager. When we published "Amber Oak Mysteries Volume 1" and "Adventures of the Young and Curious," I was fifteen years old, then the unexpected happened. People would write to me and they told me how much they loved my books.
When I was seventeen, I stopped writing. I lost faith in myself and my ability to write. However, my mom suggested that we publish my third book, for it had been sitting on the shelf for about two years. She thought it would be good to get it out there before I started college. I didn't see what harm it could do, so I published my third and fourth book, "Amber Oak Mysteries Volume 2" and "Amber Oak and the Missing Links". My fifth book, "Amber Oak and the Master of Illusions" was published in 2014. In 2015 I published my sixth book, which is separate from the Amber Oak series. It is called, "The Lost Journal of Erika Traynor".
I finished re-writing my Amber Oak series. It is different than the original as it focuses more on science fiction and fantasy rather than mystery. The title of this book is "Memories of Chronosalis" and was chosen for the NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award winner for Fall 2018. It’s my goal to expand the galaxy which I wrote about that book and focus my writing on the other worlds.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending my time volunteering at the local middle and high schools in my area. Recently I’ve been educating a group of high schoolers in the art of writing. And as for the middle schoolers, I’ve been working with them periodically in hopes that one day they can collectively self-publish their stories in an anthology.