When I was a kid growing up in Ridgefield, New Jersey, I knew I wanted to be a writer before I realized that’s what I wanted to be. I was a dreamer. I fantasized about fun and adventure, reliving my fantasies by watching films such as Indiana Jones and Star Wars, and throughout most of my childhood, believed anything was possible.
As I got older, my outlook began to change. I wasn’t the dreamer I used to be. A funny thing happens when you get older. That magic, that optimism we held as children seems to disappear because we’re all told we have to grow up. After high school, I went to college and studied a degree I thought would help my career. Instead, I spent close to ten years struggling to find work, working odd jobs from selling pens and real estate to working at a wedding studio. I contemplated even selling knives door to door. Thankfully my sister talked me out of it.
I applied to hundreds of jobs, only to feel lost and hopeless, unsure of what my life would bring in a world, which seemed to not make much sense. It was through my struggles I discovered the art of writing. Writing reignited my imagination, which lay dormant since when I first imagined I was flying the millennium falcon and searching for the lost ark.
Throughout my journey as a writer, I discovered something that has changed my life. I realized that we all have a story to tell. Each of us has the power to be the hero in our own lives. We have the power to create our own story and write each new chapter with a sense of awe of how beautiful life really is. All of us are the authors of our own lives. It’s up to us to decide what story we’re going to write.
My writing philosophy is based on making sure I entertain, educate, and inspire my readers. We read because by nature we are creative beings. I believe creativity doesn’t just belong to artists. It belongs to anyone who wants to create something of value they think will benefit the people around them. From entrepreneurs to educators, creativity transcends many different fields, and we owe it to ourselves and the world to be more creative with our God given talents.
Frequently asked questions.
Where were you born?
North Bergen, New Jersey.
University of South Florida; Bachelors in Finance and English.
What are some of your favorite books?
For fiction, I like The Great Gatsby, Animal Farm, The Martian, and The Alchemist, just to name a few. Non-fiction, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson. The Hero with A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Don’t take things too seriously and don’t be afraid to express yourself.
Is there is favorite quote you live by?
Each morning when I awake, I experience again a supreme pleasure – that of being