Hey all! Not a fan of third person biographies, so here goes. I've been writing and painting for as long as I can remember. The first novel I wrote was in fifth grade, and was a lengthy tale involving a peregrine falcon and a horse searching for a new king. I hope I've improved since then.
I spend my days working as a Budget Analyst for the State of California, and my nights writing and painting.
I write and paint mostly fantasy, though I sometimes dabble in the real world. Authors that I like the most: Brandon Sanderson, Richard Adams, Haruki Murakami, Melanie Rawn, Garth Nix, Frank Herbert, Brent Weeks, George R.R. Martin, Octavia Butler (<3!), Ursula K. LeGuin, Patricia Briggs, Anne McCaffrey, Peter F. Hamilton, J.K. Rowling, Isaac Asimov, Joe Abercrombie, Jacqueline Carey, Suzanne Collins, and Jim Butcher.
I am a first place winner in The Writers of the Future contest. I'd recommend the contest to all aspiring writers of speculative fiction. I am represented by Juliet Mushens of Caskie Mushens. You can follow her on twitter for wise words on publishing and general hilarity.