An engineer by day and world builder by night, Jason is an advocate for using both sides of the brain.
With his stepfather as a guide, Jason traveled the worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Robert E Howard, and JRR Tolkien at an early age. As he grew older, he discovered Dungeons and Dragons and the joys of creating his own campaigns.
During all this, Jason embarked on a career in engineering, graduating from Clemson University, and now owns a successful engineering firm. Still a practicing engineer, he continues to design a wide range of projects. His attention to detail and vivid imagination helps shape the various adventures that challenge his characters.
Born in the midst of a thunderstorm in the darkest hours of a solstice morning, I’ve been told I have a personality to match – full of sound and fury, and highly unpredictable. I come from a family of storytellers – traditional, oral storytellers, that is – so I suppose it’s little wonder that I’m driven to weave words as well. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love all things books – from the feel and smell of the pages, to the information they hold, to the tales that they tell – but storytelling is a labor of love, which doesn’t always pay the bills. Over the years, I’ve worked a ridiculous variety of side jobs to support my writing habit, including waitress, security guard, library minion, sales person, hair dresser, handyman, and engineering drafter.
Alan began his adventure with science fiction and fantasy literature as it should begin: with JRR Tolkien’s The Hobbit, read to him as a child by his father. Since that auspicious beginning, he has fostered a love of reading a variety of fantasy and science fiction types and that led him to RPGs, most notably Dungeons & Dragons, where world building became a fascination.
Growing up in northeast Alabama, Alan moved north to South Carolina for college. He fell in love with the Upstate of South Carolina and forgot to go home afterwards. While initially majoring in Physics at Furman University (Go Paladins!) and then moving on to Clemson University for additional studies in Civil Engineering (after deciding that his options for a Physics career were decidedly thin), he became a licensed engineer and now works for an international Engineering-Procurement-Construction company. During all of this he served a number of years as a soldier with the Army National Guard. Each of these careers, as well as a multitude of hobbies, helps bring depth and creativity to the characters and worlds he brings to life.