I was born in February 1997, at Kaiser Hospital in San Diego, Californa. My family moved to Arizona in 2002, then back to Cali in 2009, and back again to AZ in 2011 and have been here ever since. I guess you could summarize my childhood has There and Back Again: A Froreich Tale. When I was about 7, so 2004, I was accepted Christ as the Lord of my life and was baptized. Granted, it's been quite the journey since those days when life was simple. I have grown to learn that there is nothing I can do to save myself from my sin, but must completely lean upon the Saviour of my soul. I am a huge science enthusiast, specifically Paleontology. It was about 2014 when I started writing and 2015 when I got serious about it. I didn't know anything about writing other than I loved it. I started working on my first book and 3 years later have self-published said book.
Everyone’s homeschooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
Since my family moved a few times during my education there was a constant state of flux in my schooling. I don't remember much about my schooling before we moved back to California. While we were in Cali, we had a large co-op that we attended, but I never quite fit in. It wasn't until we moved back to AZ and started getting involved in Heritage Baptist Church that I really found my nitch in the world. It's funny when I think about it. Living in Cali, where all my biological family was, I felt the most alienated and even among the home-schooler felt like the odd ball. But once we came to Heritage, separated from extended family, I finally understood what the Apostle Paul meant when he called us all brothers and sisters. Now I wouldn't trade my adopted family for anything because it's our fellowship in Christ that allows each of our unique personalities to shine through.
How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
Funny you should ask. I actually did terrible at English, there were even a few grammar assignments I got F's on. I had graduated before I started seriously writing. So I had to re-teach myself English so that I could write better.
What caused you to start writing?
I'm not sure. I have always been flamboyant in personality and a bit of a goof. Something else though, I was always daydreaming when I was younger. When ever I would awake from a dream I would finish the story. I guess all those factors finally condensed to make me the writer I am now. I started writing The Blue Blur after my dad suggested me to write a book about the Blue Blur. I had come up with the character months before. I was always making short little snippets of what his life would be like. Eventually, I decided to grab a notebook at start writing. Here, 3 years later, I now have the completed copy, self-published and everything.
What inspired The Blue Blur: A Mission Given?
The original inspiration came from a Ninja Turtles mask and a frisbee game. For humor sake, I decide to wear the mask during the game, calling myself the Blue Blur. A few weeks later my brother came up with the character of the Troll, who would turn into the Blue Blur arch nemesis. Like I mentioned above, my father was the first person to tell me to start writing. I'm not sure if we would be having this interview if it wasn't for him.
Would you give us a synopsis?
It's about a young man named Arphaxad (Arf), his life is exactly according to plan. However, tragedy pushes his Faith to its limits. He rebels against the wishes of his parents and partakes in an unsafe experiment. By God's grace, the experiment is a success and Arf is given the ability to run at unimaginable speeds. At first, Arf plans to use his powers to get revenge on the man who ruined his life, but over the course of the story, he learns God didn't give him these powers for revenge, but instead to use them to advance the Gospel. But Arf still must wrestle with the anger within before he can become of any heavenly use.
Who will enjoy The Blue Blur: A Mission Given?
Even though this book was written for boys 10+ as an alternative to the worldly super-hero books and movies, The Blue Blur is a great story for anyone who enjoys a good adventure.
Do you plan to write more books?
You bet! I am currently working on a sequel to The Blue Blur: A Mission Given. In fact, I have a total of 4 books planned to continue Arf's life as the Blue Blur. Aside from The Mission Series, I also have 3 separate stories that I simply can't wait to do.
Where can people connect with you online?
Readers can find my blog at withgodsspeed.wordpress.com where I post updates on my stories and what God is teaching me in life. Be sure to check it out!
Do you have any final thoughts?
I would just like to give a shout out to all my friends at Generation Rising who help and encouraged me in my writing and provided some much-appreciated criticism. Like if it wasn't for my dad, I would've never wrote my book, if it wasn't for Generation Rising, I may have never published! Thanks and God' Speed!