I’ve been writing, often poorly, since grade school. It started with hand written, rambling, quasi-incoherent fantasy stories that ripped off JRR Tolkien and Gary Gygax. At the time I may have also written what could generously be called “fan fiction” vignettes involving Jaws, James Bond and character rejects from The Island of Dr. Moreau. Thankfully, none of that material has survived to the present day (and never will, I assure you).
Later on, I suppose I learned a little. My first “success” came in college when a story I wrote for a creative writing class called “Silent Exemplar” which won runner up for the Isaac Asimov Award for undergraduate science fiction. Years later after a period of extended inactivity, I started writing again but this time decided I wanted to be a screenwriter (as if I wasn’t already miserable enough). After reading Syd Field’s “Screenplay,” I wrote five screenplays of varying quality and success. A few of them placed highly in national contests, including the Creative Screenwriting Awards, Writers on the Storm, the Hollywood Symposium and the PAGE International Screenwriting Award), but didn’t do much else.
Again, years of failing to put pen to paper, I started writing again. Looking for some kind of credential, I entered a story into the Writers of the Future contest and placed 3rd in 2010 (on my first try). That story, “Medic!”, was my first commercially published work and a great victory for me. While I wanted to write a novel, I decided to try getting a few more short stories published before embarking on the task. I managed to sell a few more before deciding I’d had enough of the appetizer and wanted to move on to the main course. After many fits and starts, I completed my first novel, “The Saxon,” in 2016. Two years later, I completed my second novel, “The Confession”, in the summer of 2018.
About me was last modified: October 28th, 2018 by adampe7_wp