A long-haired country boy at heart, my tale begins in a small town in rural Illinois where I grew up. Though not an "international man of mystery", I have travelled quite extensively across the U.S. and a few times abroad. Visiting distant lands as Scout/Sniper of the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division to see the world through a gunsite and experience virtually every climate and terrain this planet has to offer. Seeking ancient mysteries beneath the earth as nomadic professional archaeologist travelling across the states, and battling fire-breathing dragons in the form of forest fires as a wildland firefighter wherever they would appear.
My travels and adventures have given me the opportunity for greater appreciation for the world we live on and its inhabitants. At points my life has been unusual to say the least; I have endured more than my share of trials, tribulations, and triumphs. Yet through it all, I have tried to remain true to myself and my ideals I value most, standing up for what I believe in when the opportunity arises, heedless of the consequences, and for this I have paid some very heavy tolls. Essentially, I am a closet polymath with an adventurous spirit still looking for his place in the modern world... hopefully one day I will find it.
Currently, I am a District Archaeologist and Wildland Firefighter working for the US Forest Service in the Land of Enchantment. I am also an aspiring fantasy novelist, mainly writing medieval fantasy and military sci-fi, along with historical and archaeological articles for various publications. Currently working on the manuscript for my first full-length novel, a classic high fantasy epic. You can read some excerpts from it on the links to the left. Kindly take a look and tell me what you think.