In the 2nd grade, when our Spelling homework assignment required us to use our new vocabulary words in a sentence, I didn’t just write sentences. I wrote stories. I still remember my disappointment on “homonyms” week, when the word pool did not have sufficient thematic coherence to create a story. I entered many writing competitions between middle and high school and won several, including first place in a Baltimore Book Festival young writers competition. I took writing classes in college, but as a physics major, my time was consumed by math and science, and I didn’t have time to compete. But even then, I was always working on something. In 2000, while sitting at my work station staring at a poster of ‘North America at Night,’ I began writing what would eventually become my New Dawn series.

I stopped writing for several years, thinking I just didn’t have the time. Then in 2006, a friend introduced me to Firefly, and I went head over heels for the fandom. I began writing novellas. The muse wouldn’t be quiet. The instant feedback I got from my fans telling me to never stop writing spurred me on. It took all my energy to refocus the muse and return to my original work. I had found the time and I wanted to be a novelist.

In 2008, I began the first novella of the New Dawn series. I workshopped my first draft it in 2009, then gutted it and started again. I have completed drafts of the first seven novels of the series (working on books 8-12 right now), and I’ll soon be shopping around my most recent rewrite of the first book. I’ll let you know when it hits the market.