I grew up in a rural area of Michigan and attended Michigan State University. After college, I moved to Utah and currently reside near Ogden, Utah. I have self-published my books on Amazon which include a western and a historical fictional series about ancient Ireland and Scotland.
My first written story was when I was a junior in high school. I was taking a writing class from a young teacher named Patricia Pohl, but we called her Miss Pohl. She was a strict teacher that graded very hard and it was one of the few classes that I had to work extra hard at to get a good grade. Of all the writing that I did in her class, there is one story that stands out, a story that surprised even my teacher.
When all the students were seated in their seats and the class was about to begin, Miss Pohl set a small troll doll on her desk. Her instructions were simple. She told us to write a short story about the doll. I sat there for a few moments and then suddenly had an idea. From that moment on I frantically wrote with paper and pencil to capture my story. I finished just as the bell rang to end the class period.
The next day when we assembled in Miss Pohl’s class again I could see a big smile on the teachers face as she held a paper in her hand. She told the class that she had to read this wonderful story of “The Bus Troll” and then proceeded to read it to the class. She never revealed who wrote the story as was her policy, but she called me up after class to talk to me. She told me that I had an imagination and could write. “Maybe, you should consider becoming an author someday.” She told me. Those words haunted me through the years. I knew I had to write books someday and so I did.
I have self-published four books on Amazon. My first self-published book is “The Gate to the Timeless Mountain”. It is a western science fiction story of three high school boys in southern Utah that encountered an alien craft and go on some wild other worldly adventures. Next I wrote a trilogy of historical fiction/fantasy books on ancient Ireland. They are about ancient high kings of Ireland that ruled in the fourth and fifth centuries of the current era. The first in this series is titled “Niall and the Irish Pirates” and the sequel is titled “Sons of Niall: The Rise of Christianity in Ireland”. The third in the series is titled “Fergus the Great: King of the Scot’s”.
My goal is to write stories that people enjoy reading as much as I enjoy writing them. It is very satisfying to write a story and then read good reviews where people say that they enjoyed reading a book you wrote. I trust that you will enjoy this short story that started me down the path of authoring books.