Who is this dude?
Just who does he think he is?
I consider myself to be a storyteller beyond anything else. Whether that is through my background as a visual artist, novelist, or copy writer. Writing, in all its forms, is always just different ways of communicating stories to one another. That story might be about super heroes, like when I was a comic creator for DC: Wildstorm comics, or it might be about relaying clear instructions to readers regarding how to subscribe to a website.
What is his long-term goal anyway?
My long-term goal is to apply the whole of my experiences into a career involving telling stories to audiences for a living. I believe my training in creative writing and sequential art have positioned me for a unique perspective in the world of copy writing. These fields may not seem all that similar on the surface, but all three rely on the same skills to attract and retain an audience who’s attention is constantly being pulled by other, flashier options.
Who taught him to be the way he is?
- University of South Carolina: Master of Arts in Creative Writing, 2017
- Savannah College of Art and Design: Bachelor of Arts in Sequential Art, 2007
Where has he worked to pay for this impressive lifestyle?
- University of South Carolina
- First Year English Professor – Rhetoric – Composition – Literature
- Yemassee Journal
- Reader / Cover and Interior Artist
- Lead Deals Productions
- Podcast Creator / Producer / Host / Writer
- Comic Book Writer / Artist / Colorist / Inker
- Producer / Actor / Editor
- DC Comics: Wildstorm
- Comic Book Creator
- Marvel Comics
- Comic Book Artist
- Blogging / Web Copy / Travel Writing
- Research / Editing
- Giving / Taking Constructive Criticism
- Public Speaking / Evaluating Writing
- Self Starter / Independent
What does he think makes for effective writing?
Do his foundational studies play a role in his writing?
Due to my foundational studies being rooted in sequential visual storytelling, my writing style has been described as sensory and vivid. I use the same lessons I learned when studying to work as a comic book artist in my writing life: keep them guessing, keep it moving, keep it concise, and above all else keep it CLEAR.
What is his goal?
My goal, whether I am writing an… ABOUT section on a website, or penning a thrilling short story, is to keep the reader hooked with questions and emotional involvement in the people, places, and events being described. I want the audience to have sights, smells, and sounds sticking with them perhaps hours after they have moved on to something else in their busy, stimuli-crowded day.
But how does he do this?
One of the main ways I do this is to evoke within the reader a better version of themselves. A version of themselves who can be moved to tears for another, who can be driven to anger over injustice, or can see themselves in my writing. All too often writers abuse fashionable styles or empty lists of “power words” in an attempt to chase an audience. I, instead, take whatever audience finds my writing, and create in them the ideal readers.
How does this begi-
Enough Already! This begins with authenticity and ends with simplicity. Readers know if you are only writing a certain way because it is perceived to be effective, and they will only stick around if what they are reading isn’t a chore to finish.
What else is he in to? I mean, he contains multitudes right?
Other than talking to myself and story telling, I have a few other interests that demand my attention:
- Computer Games
- Science Fiction and Fantasy Novels
- Hornets Basketball
- True Crime Podcasts
- Nordic Noir
- And, uh… world peace and charities and stuff…