I dread this part.
It's never easy (or entirely accurate) to reduce an untidy life filled with the usual assortment of accomplishments and failures into a few perky, inspirational blurbs. Let's give it a shot anyway!
I live in Fort Worth, Texas and I have a great career in Information Technology. I enjoy solving puzzles and I have a thirst to know "why", which drives my family and co-workers to tears at times, but makes me great at my job.
I enjoy stories about unconventional love, such as The Canturbury Tales: The Wife of Bath. For me, romance is articulating the delicious moments between unorthodox couples who discover that - where it counts the most - they are much more alike than different ...just like you and me, dear reader!
I cut my teeth on Andrew Lang's Colored Fairy Books as a kid. It shocked and impressed me to read stories that didn't always have neatly-wrapped happy endings. (Where were my parents to keep me from this deliciously forbidden content anyway?)
Later, I discovered the DARKANGEL series by Meredith Anne Pearce. She helped me though dark, angst-laden teen years as I stumbled headlong into adulthood -- and straight into the arms of that devilishly-clever Daughter of the Night, Tanith Lee and her Good Fairy-Dragon counterpart, Anne McCaffrey.
ONI SHIRO is my humble nod to Lee's transformative first novel, THE BIRTHGRAVE, from her Birthgrave Trilogy.
I evolved to Tamora Pearce (found her looking for Meredith books!), then turned to ebooks via Kindle and visited the worlds created by Grace Draven, Lindsay Buroker, T Kingfisher and Frank Tuttle to name a few.
Their genius with storytelling inspires me.
We all know the bubbly cheerleader gets the winning team captain on conventional love stories... but what about the curvy geek girl with the sidereal eyes passing the awkward boy with the sweet smile in the hall every day? Who tells their story?
For them, I take up my pen and share the stories in my head with you.
Thank you for visiting my site today and supporting my books.
PS: you can find my other life here: www.pintodrafts.com