I love to live in a world of imagination. From castles to spaceships, fantasy has always been an escape, and after a lifetime of enjoying others' works, I decided to create a world of my own.
Like many authors, the idea for this world came from a dream and expanded from there. It started as a single scene with a woman showing those around her that she was more than they understood. Over the years, I added additional scenes in my mind. However, it wasn't until the end of 2020 that I decided to piece it into a cohesive story and use it to explore deeper societal issues in an epic fantasy setting.
The Thousand Year War series fully explores the mental health issues present in survivors. Sexual assault leaves lifelong scars, even in a fantasy world, and the story stays authentic to that from the very beginning. I hope my stories give insight to those who have no concept of the struggle and helps real survivors feel validated in their journey.
My day job involves caring for survivors directly. It is an issue that has always lived close to my heart and one that deserves more justice than it is ever given. So many people have suffered through trials. If you ask for a story, you'll get one. It's your child at her preschool, your wife at her workplace, your son in his classroom. It happens in the places you think should be safe and to people who did everything to protect themselves.
The world isn't all terrible, though. Great people are still out there to help make things better. Advocacy organizations exist, offering resources to those who need them. I have supported several over the years and recommend them to anyone seeking help or just wanting to gain greater knowledge of the issues.