I wrote my first short story, with the help of my mother, at the age of nine. It was a murder mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie. A classical whodunit. There was an old mansion, a bunch of rich society types drinking chardonnay and plotting the demise of the person standing next to them. I'll admit, the idea was my mother's, and I had no idea who Agatha Christie was at the time, but I do believe it was a good story, and a lot of fun to write. So began my passion for writing.
Over the years, I wrote short stories and poetry, and then concentrated on the art of screenwriting, having written my first script at the age of sixteen. It was an epic tome; 200 pages long. Clearly I had a lot to learn. And learn, I did. In fact, I'm still learning, as it is an ever-changing landscape. In those years when I devoted myself to the screenwriting craft, I saw a short script I wrote, "Old Man's Window", become a beautifully morose student film, directed by the talented Jack Wung. I also had two feature length screenplays optioned by up-and-coming film studios. Sadly, the productions never came to be, but through it all, I learned much, and made a new friend in Mike Davis of Stag Films.
Following the, admittedly, disheartening news that neither of my two optioned scripts would be going before the cameras, I began to focus my attention on an old idea I had for a book, originally a modern take on the classic film, "The Deer Hunter" and the Robert Louis Stevenson story, "The Suicide Club". It involved a psychopath who brings an apprentice into an underground suicide club and the life lessons they learn. I took that basic concept and reworked it into something of more meaning, and added a touch of mystery, suspense, horror, and spirituality. And so was born, "God Complex", my first novel.
As I searched for a publisher or an agent or anybody who would take the book seriously, I applied to The Art Institute of Vancouver's Film Program and was accepted. And soon after, I was contacted by Phil Harris of All Things That Matter Press, who made my day by offering me a publishing contract. They say good things happen in threes, so I've been playing the lottery ever since.
"God Complex" follows an ex-con with an identity disorder and a psychopath with delusions of divinity who are searching for a missing girl who will lead one of them to a Divine encounter.
Additional information about me:
My favorite music group is Nine Inch Nails, whose music heavily influenced "God Complex"
My favorite movies are "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre", "The Exorcist", "Apocalypse Now", and "The Descent".
My favorite authors are Clive Barker and Jeffery Deaver (though there are many more that I enjoy immensely).
My favorite books are Clive Barker's "Books of Blood" and "The Great and Secret Show", Thomas Harris' "Hannibal", Jeffery Deaver's "The Bone Collector" and "The Coffin Dancer", Stephen King's "The Regulators", as written by Richard Bachman, of course. And out of left field, Carlton Mellick III's "Razor Wire Pubic Hair".