After several years of being acquainted with Andy, I have developed great respect for him. Not only is he a terrific writer, he’s also a devoted family man and, no matter how busy he is, he always makes time for his many friends. I’ve never known anyone who works so hard at his craft. He deserves the success he is now earning. Vicki
In his own words
My journey to becoming a writer started in the 6th grade with an arts and science teacher who was incredibly passionate about all things artistic. His love of writing, art, painting, and the theater was contagious, and though I have NO art skills, I learned that I had an affinity for words.
I started writing during my teen years, when I had a lot of free time and needed a creative outlet to keep me out of trouble. I dabbled a bit—writing short stories, novellas, and even starting a full-length novel—then gave it up when I started a family in my early 20s.
It was around the age of 25 that I rediscovered my love of writing. I had been reading fantasy novels for nearly two decades, and it was a total no-brainer for me to dip my toes into that creative water. Being able to combine my love of history, medieval settings, ancient cultures, magic, and myth was an absolute thrill.
However, I soon discovered that fantasy offered more than just that—it gave me a way to write about real issues without anyone feeling “attacked” or offended. I could say and do anything within the context of a fantasy world, and it has provided me a platform to share some of my worldview through the lens of a fascinating story. I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between.
Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle–it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand-new way.
I started working with a publisher, but in the last year, I’ve come to realize that I can manage it all on my own—working with a team of editors, cover artists, beta readers, and other professionals. Being a self-published author not only gives me a lot more freedom to choose what I want to write, but also how to market and promote myself.
Marketing is the sort of never-ending struggle all writers have to deal with. I’ve invested countless hours in blogging, started a YouTube podcast, created my own Facebook reader group, and run advertisements on all the major platforms. It has been and continues to be a steep learning curve, but every new thing is one step closer to the success I want to achieve: putting my books in the hands of readers.
My works are all crafted with the intention of helping the reader look at the world in a new way. For example, the anthology I just released, titled Ragged Heroes, was a way to showcase how even the most unlikely people can be heroes. As the blurb says, “Heroes come in all shapes and sizes”. Anyone can be a hero, and that’s exactly what I wanted to show people through this collection!
Heroes aren’t defined by shining armor, golden crowns, or noble virtues.
Beggars, thieves, killers, children, and fools—a hero is anyone who takes a stand against oppression, abuse, and evil. Ragged though they may be, they hold their ground, defy hopeless odds, and conquer the impossible no matter the personal cost.
Eighteen bestselling and award-winning authors give you a look at what it truly means to be a hero: the simple act of standing up and making a difference, even to just one person.
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My three latest novels, The Children of Light books one, two, and three, are now available on Amazon in eBook and Paperback. These novels feature Felindra, the young Whisperer with a remarkable gift, the ability to communicate with animals.
There is also a three-book collection available in eBook format – over 1660 pages of travel and adventure as Felindra develops from a shy girl of thirteen into a courageous young woman.