I AM A WRITER, AND HAVE BEEN SINCE I CAN REMEMBER.
Writing is less often an act of muse-guided inspiration for me than it is like helping my backwards kid with his terrible science project. Except I'm both the father AND the backwards kid in this scenario. "Look! My DIY volcano erupts with red velvet cake batter!" ...Actually, that's a brilliant idea. What I mean is: turning my weird ideas into stories is often hard work.
My first story was about an astronaut whose space shuttle was struck by a radioactive asteroid, turning him into - get ready for a real creative struck-by-an-astroid superhero name - "Astro." Cut me some slack. I was 9 years old.
It turns out that being a good writer requires more than simply... being a good writer. The real trick is being a good storyteller. I've already written numerous chapters and manuscripts as an academic that are neither entertaining nor well-read, including my laborious and soporific 250-page doctoral dissertation. So I decided it was time to start writing what I wanted to write, and I haven't looked back since.
My day job is being a professor of Psychology and running a creative writing group called The Inklings. My REAL job is being husband to the greatest wife in the multiverse and doggy-daddy to my cute but a-holey dog, Jasper.