I was born and raised in the sticks of Napa, California. I lived a relatively Huck Finn childhood, hiking through forests and fields, mucking through ponds and rivers, catching lizards and snakes. Between 2000 and 2007, I served in the US Army as a scout (RECON) and served two years in the Iraq War. My unit (A Troop 1-10 CAV) deployed to Iraq in 2003, spearheaded the 4th Infantry Division, and was influential in the mission to capture Saddam Hussein. After the military, I moved to Brazil and lived in a coastal town called Angra dos Reis. It was the perfect little paradise for me to rediscover myself after the war, and the perfect little spot to realize my dream—write epic fantasy novels. I keep the first scene I wrote to remind me how much I’ve improved and how much I have yet to learn. In 2010 I moved back to the US to go back to school, earning associate and bachelor degrees in philosophy from Mesa Community College (2012) and the University of Arizona (2014). After a long and adventurous journey across the world, as one might expect from Huck Finn all grown up, I returned to my roots in Northern California.