Norris (as he commonly goes by) is a man of many adventures himself. From hiking in the New Mexican High Desert to climbing Mount Fuji in Japan to diving off the Australian Great Barrier Reef, and many more to tell some other time, he has garnered a love of adventuring and traveling. But his greatest adventure (and gift from above) has been marrying the love of his life over eight years ago. It is this shared adventure that partly inspired him to begin writing his first novel, The Wayward Mage. This first novel began the Adventure of Jack Wartnose series.
Though not an avid reader, he does credit several authors who have inspired his writing style: J.R.R. Tolkien; C.S. Lewis; Brian Jacques; Terry Pratchet; and Susan Cooper, to name a few. Although he has tinkered with several manuscripts, short stories, and poems off and on for years, it was after kissing the Blarney Stone that this story about Jack Wartnose finally clocked something inside him to finish it to the end.
I would like to thank those who helped me.
First, thank you, God, for continuing to inspire me to write.
Second, thank you the SPS Community, particularly my writing coaches, Barbara Hartzler and Ramy Vance; my editor; and my book cover artist for your help in getting me over the finish line every time.
Third, thank you to my family- especially to my lovely, wonderful, darling wife, who puts up with me cutting into movie nights to read my book aloud. Honestly, my books would not be as good as they are without your sincere feedback. And, to my high-spirited daughter, for reminding me that being a father is a greater adventure than I have ever known besides marriage.
Lastly, thank you, dear readers, for taking the chance and partaking in my adventure. I hope you all enjoy reading my books as much as I did writing them, and that you will continue to join me in future books!