When I introduce myself as a writer, people often ask if I'm using a pen name. No, I'm not. And, yes, it is a rather fitting name, thank you for saying so. I've had an itch for writing since the third grade or so when my uncle gave my siblings and me a copy of Lord of the Rings. My initial efforts contained an alarming amount of hobbits, elves, and wizards. That or Star Trek related concepts--I loved Star Trek. I'd like to think my writing has matured somewhat since then.