Hey everyone, I just discovered the forum. I've been working as a freelance artist and sculptor for ten years, but my first love was always writing. Well... writing now tied in with the art/sculpting thing; it lets me bring life to my characters in really interesting ways. I self-published a novel in 2000. Didn't do too well; I kinda fell short with all of the promotion stuff on my end, as I had never done this before and didn't have a clue really how to go about it. I got sidetracked (for almost ten years) with the art career. Then, almost a year ago to this date, I started writing again. It was a story idea I had been kicking around, and I felt I finally had enough of it worked out in my head that it merited writing it down. I just finished it; what started out as one book but ended up to be four. Hell of a lot of work in a year's time, I suppose. I'm 38 and I live in Iowa with my wife, our two sons (15 and 9) and several little furry critters. Thanks for reading this, happy to be here!