I’m an Aries, born in 1981, a father of four and a practicing attorney licensed in the State of California. I’m also a United States Air Force veteran with service in Afghanistan and the Republic of Korea.
Since I was a teenager, it has always been my dream to write. I’m not talking news articles or law reviews–I’m talking creative writing: novels and/or screenplays. For me, reading and writing creative works is a sanctuary and an escape. Some of my favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker, and Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr).
I also love film. What directors like Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson, James Cameron, Tim Burton, and many others do is, in my humble opinion, nothing short of magic. I love watching their visions brought to life on the silver screen.
I started writing short stories, often in collaboration with friends, as early as 1st Grade. It’s something I’ve enjoyed doing my entire life. In fact, the genesis of my current novel, “Hoffnungslose Ziele,” came from a NaNoWriMo challenge issued by my best friend back in 2014. The short story I wrote had very little to do with my current novel, but marked the first time I experimented with the epistolary novel format (albeit exclusively diary entries by a single character). I immediately fell in love with the format.
For “Hoffnungslose Ziele,” my first published novel, I took Bram Stoker’s Dracula as inspiration, and wrote entirely from the perspective of six characters penning diary entries and the occasional letters to each other. It’s a very interesting format, giving the reader a first person perspective, without limiting that perspective to the mind of a single protagonist. I was also deeply interested in Central European (especially Prussian) folklore, which is why “Hoffnungslose Ziele” dispenses with many of the 20th Century conceptions of such creatures as werewolves and vampires, hearkening back instead to 19th century folklore about these creatures with a healthy dose of my own imagination mixed in.
I intended for “Hoffnungslose Ziele” to be a standalone novel, but due to the insistence of a few very persistent readers, decided to dive back in and further explore that world and how the characters deal with the aftermath of their coming of age adventures in their middle age. The result is “Hoffnungslose Ziele II.” In particular, I felt that Anna had a lot of unfinished business and deserved the opportunity to tie up those loose ends.
Lastly, I am a Veller, Gauger, Rhode, Strehl, Gomoll, and Ehlers descendant, which gives my first two novels a bit of a personal touch. Anna and Gustav in particular embody thoughts, feelings, and ideals I harbored when I was roughly their ages. They’re a part of me, and vice versa.