I'm a former TV Sportscaster and a film/theater actor. I'm a graduate of Cleveland State University (Communications and Geology).
My influences? Besides H. G. Wells, A. C. Clarke and so on, there's my son. Like me, he's curious about our future as a planet. He also wants to play a glorious role in that future, but there's little encouraging him besides his mother and me.
I've always been irritated over seeing the black guy die first in movies, and reading speculative fiction with little or no ethnic diversity. My son needs futuristic heroes too. So if I can't find stories about them, I'll write them myself.