From a young age, reading was a cornerstone of this young author’s life thanks to his grandmother. Whether it was childrens’ books, the morning newspaper or even the latest issue of Reader’s Digest, reading was a regular ritual that was as common as delectable home cooked meals and trips to the nearby, aging park. Sadly, however, a Philadelphia-suburb school district that was more interested in test scores than education managed to squash that love of reading. English class was more about spelling tests and bland research papers than enjoying literature.

By eleventh grade, Samuel had resorted to using cliff notes and copied homework to get by. A relatively new teacher who taught senior English changed all of that. Literature became an exploration of the written word and class time was filled with conversations about the meaning and symbolism. Shakespeare’s works, A Brave New World and more proved that the written word was meaningful, relevant and entertaining.

Tons of reading eventually led to thoughts like “Wouldn’t it be neat if there was a story like…” or “I’m really getting tired of this plot cliche…” Thinking that, and voicing it too many times, led to a shut up and do it mentality. Samuel’s first written word was a satirical short story about feeling alone in the digital world where emails and instant messages led to being in constant contact. Words continued to pour out and the musings turned to the supernatural and the high tech. To this day, Samuel’s two favorite subjects are lycanthropes and steampunk.

When not writing, Samuel spends the bulk of his leading a team of talented software developers. He still resides in the Philadelphia suburbs and enjoys local delicacies like Yuengling, cheesesteaks and Tastykakes. He spends time encouraging his wife in her poetry and fiction writing, both of them working in an office dominated by two cats and their toys.

 

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