I’ve been writing sporadically for most of my life. However, it wasn’t until January 2016 that I began to take it seriously thanks to one of my closest friends. While I’d like to be writing full-time, I (like most independent authors) have a day job, which is a logistician position in the National Guard. I joined in 2005, deployed twice, and have been active duty since 2012. The military lifestyle has had a tremendous impact on my life, filling it with more ups and downs than I can keep track of, as well as some lifelong friends. My days are spent at a desk or bumbling around in a humongous truck. After work I get myself to a gym and do battle with my inner fat kid for a couple of hours, then rush home and hopefully start writing before 8 pm. I nurture a love for performance arts, especially plays and local stand-up. During summers I don’t ride my motorcycle nearly enough, and the same goes for my snowboard during the winters. At least once a year I’ll go abroad, usually your typical over-indulgent Caribbean cruise, though recently I spent a week in France, where I had the privilege of officiating at a wedding for two dear friends. The stories I enjoy the most usually leave me shaken for a few days, not because I’m a glutton for masochism, but because they resonate with the wounded parts of me that I wouldn’t ordinarily take notice of. With a somewhat busy lifestyle where stoicism has become my go-to survival tool, I need those stories that derail me from my daily grind, that kick me in the gut and make me feel something.As of writing this I’m 30 years old and live in Manchester, New Hampshire.