I believe that everyone is capable of exceptional moments in his or her life. We are all gifted at something, and I hope my writing inspires others to use their gifts and make time for adventure.
Adventure comes in many forms. Moving to Vermont for a year and a half with my wife and two sons was one of my greatest adventures. There, I started writing the Dream Knights series and learned to better appreciate the simple things in life. I have taken that spirit back home to Tempe, Arizona, where I enjoy being active outdoors with my family.
As the founder of Mind Fortress Books, I aim to entertain and enrich. To do that, I need your input and support. Tell me what you like about my books and how to improve your reading experience.
Burnout in the United States, such as the Great Resignation, inspired me to suggest a world where adults no longer dream. In the novel, excessive stress and worry make dreaming impossible for adults. Yet, thanks to heroic children, there is hope to bring dreams back.
In reality, there is hope to reduce burnout too. Teleworking and flexible schedules are already gaining popularity. We can go even further.
When compared to the United States, Finland's students show greater academic success while spending less time in the classroom. They even have summer breaks that are 10 to 11 weeks long. We can learn from this type of success not only for our children but also for our workforce. We all have limits.
I wanted Grant and Zahra to be great role models and add cultural and gender diversity to the novel.
To be inclusive, I requested that my cover artist present my characters as silhouettes. Originally, the characters were also written in a nondescript manner. I later changed that, as to be more intentional with diversity, and modeled Zahra after a friend whose family emigrated from Bangladesh.
Different people have different skills, and they are all valuable. When working together, people can accomplish great things. Also, building relationships and simplifying life can lead to a more fulfilling life than one filled with possessions and stress.
Dream Knights: The Gate, which picks up a couple of weeks after the first book, was just released on December 21, 2022. The third book, still in its early stages, will take place three to five years after the first two books. However, I have also started a historical fiction book for adults. It’s about a budding romance in 16th century Sweden during the rebellion against Danish rule. Although I’m still deciding which book to write first, I’m hoping to publish one in 2023.