Author

I write science fiction, fantasy, horror, and urban paranormal stories.

Minimalist

I believe the key to a healthy, happy, peaceful existence is the reduction of physical, mental, and emotional clutter from our lives.

Mystic

I explore many different religions and philosophies, in search of the beliefs we all have in common.

Photographer

I strive to capture the beauty and magic of the natural world to share with everyone.

About Me

jaymaroonI’ve been telling stories for as long as I can remember. Even before I knew how to write my name, I was entertaining my family with outlandish tales of my adventures in far off lands. My favorite adventures involved time travel to ancient Egypt and ancient Greece. I’ve loved mythology since I was a small child.

The first books I read were old pulp science fiction trade paperbacks. My dad had a collection of them, and when I found it, I devoured them. After that, I read his collection of Sherlock Holmes mysteries, his Tarzan of the Apes collection, and finally, his J.R.R. Tolkien books. After that, he only had Westerns left…so I began buying my own books.

My favorite authors/stories/characters are Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (The Dragonlance and Deathgate novels, specifically, and Raistlin even more specifically), Michael Moorcock (Elric is my all-time favorite character from any book, ever), R.A.Salvatore (Drizzt is god), Stephen King, and Anne Rice. Of course, J.R.R. Tolkien, but that almost goes without saying, doesn’t it?

I was introduced to role playing games in the gifted program of my elementary school. My imagination (and my storytelling skills) improved greatly through Dungeons and Dragons, Warhammer, Gamma World, and Star Frontiers. I continued playing RPGs through college, and I’d probably still be playing if I could find a group.

I studied communications at Auburn University, then mythology at Pacifica Graduate institute. I’ve held many jobs, but the most rewarding ones were with the Americorps VISTA program. I helped some really good charities do some really good work, and I’ve helped a lot of people make their lives better.

I like to tell stories that explore the darker aspects of human nature. To me, man versus himself is the most compelling and important of all plots. I believe that the only way to defeat the darkness in the world is for each of us to defeat the darkness within ourselves. Fear is the root of all evil in this world, and the only way to defeat evil is by conquering our fears. My ultimate goal as a writer is to explore this connection, and to lead people to the peace and freedom that this knowledge brings, while entertaining the hell out of them.

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