Pay No Attention to the Person Behind the Curtain
Growing up, I was always telling stories. It's a trait I inherited from both sides of my family, with a theatrical background from my mother and a literary one from my paternal grandmother. Technically, I was published before I even decided to be a writer. Somewhere, in some school anthology, there is the writings of a strange eight year old blabbering on about rainbows and flying horses. I even wrote plays for my friends to perform, though they were mostly just rehearsed versions of the fantastical worlds we created when we played pretend.
It's strange to think that I hadn't spoke the words "I want to be a writer," until I woke up from a nightmare on a camping trip when I was twelve years old. That was the first time I was ever possessed by the need to write and tell a story.
After a turbulent adolescence, I damned the world, and dropped out of high school (I got my GED, don't you fret). What followed was a collection of unique experiences that fueled my creative spirit.
From then my writing was always interdisciplinary. Short fiction mixed with plays and eventually screenplays. Being in the artistically diverse city of San Francisco, I found myself working on all sorts of projects in my early adulthood.
I founded a theater company, wrote a short film, worked for a fashion startup, produced three short films, and led a group of queer teenagers in a game of Dungeons & Dragons. The last entry in that list was by far the most fulfilling. I wasn't expecting it but these young people looked up to me in a way that I looked up to the person who taught me Dungeons & Dragons and brought me into the world I am today. (Aaron, you will forever be a part of my origin story.)
At the encouragement of some amazing friends and mentors I applied to a Worldbuilding Internship at Wizards of the Coast and was astounded when I got the position, and doubly astounded when I was offered a contract on the Dungeons & Dragons team after my internship ended. While I don't work with Wizards anymore, what I learned there has been not only invaluable but life changing. It was there I realized, I love writing for games!
Games was a new medium for me, but once I got involved I couldn't get enough. Now I find myself collaborating with fantastic independent game designers and teaching myself other tricks of the trade to bring stories to life in my new favorite medium.