I’ve been writing, frequently poorly, since grade school. It started with hand written, rambling, quasi-incoherent fantasy stories that directly ripped off JRR Tolkien and Gary Gygax when I was less than twelve years old. I may have also written what could generously be called “fan fiction” vignettes involving Jaws, James Bond and the X-files. Thankfully, none of that material seems to have survived to present day.
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” (of all things), 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. After reading Syd Field’s “Screenplay,” at the time the bible of screenwriting (and maybe still…I’ve fallen behind on that trade), 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 in the Fall of 2016. I plan for many others to follow.
About me was last modified: April 29th, 2017 by adampe7_wp