I am an avid reader and have been for most of my life.  My reading interests vary widely and I read whatever catches my eye, but I would have to say that I gravitate most toward fantasy, some science fiction and military espionage fiction.  A few of my favorite authors include Gorge R.R. Martin (and yes I read all of the A Song of Ice and Fire series long before there was and HBO show), Robert Jordan, C.S. Friedman, Larry Correia, Taylor Stevens, Jonathan Maberry, etc, etc, the list goes on and on.

I began thinking about and creating my own characters probably as early as I began reading.  I didn’t put many of those early characters or stories down on paper though.  It wasn’t until well into my twenties that I really began to try writing my ideas down.  I struggled along without any formal training (I still don’t have any), writing little bits, chapters, scenes, character bio’s, and the like, but never sharing my work with others.  My desire to have my writing read and possibly one day have it published, came about the time that I turned thirty.  I don’t know what the catalyst was or where the desire came from, but about that time I started voraciously consuming books and other materials on the writing and story crafting process.  I found Steven King’s book, On Writing, particularly inspiring and I am still an avid listener of the Writing Excuses Podcast. (

Most of my writing and creative thinking over the past few years has been directed towards building and fleshing out my own pseudo-medieval world.  My reading has influenced my world-building significantly and my hope is that when presented, my world will have a gritty, realistic feel, reminiscent of Martin.  I intend to have a much more active magic system, along the lines of Jordan or Correia though.  If I can succeed in creating a rich and versatile world, my intent is to use it as a backdrop to explore many different stories ideas, the way the Star Wars Universe is used in the novel world.  Alongside the world-building work, I am currently writing, what I hope will become the first book set in my new world.

2 comments for “Jonathan

  1. Ian
    March 11, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    In my opinion, for what it’s worth, the single most important writerly quality is an appealing authorial voice, and the single most difficult task an author undertakes is to make his readers care about people who are nothing but words. Jon has the first and does the second so easily that one of these days I’m going to go to his house and look in the window of the room where he writes and find out what the hell goes on in there.

  2. H. R. Ryder
    H. R. Ryder
    February 1, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Reading Jon’s writing is like slipping my hand in my favorite gloves. He writes exactly the kind of stories I sought out when I was a kid sneaking into my father’s fiction collection in the basement with a flashlight and a desire for intriguing characters and settings that would draw me into new worlds. I treasure every new page of his writing even as I crave to know what will happen to his remarkable heroine.

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