swordsman_ii_by_thetavernknight-d5e27qrWhat do you need to know about me?

I guess it can be summed up in that I’m the product of when a 10-year-old boy who fell in love with reruns of Guy William’s Zorro on the Disney Channel grows into a mostly functional adult. I still love that series and pretty much anything relating to sword play. Pirates, musketeers, masked heroes, shadowy villains, noble steeds, cutthroats, courtiers and the like have all had a making in what gets me excited in literature and movies today. If there’s sword play there’s a good chance I’ll want to read or see it. My collection of musketeer movies is pretty extensive. I think I’m just missing the Russian version and the erotica version…

Anyways, my love for writing and swords led me to read books like The Three MusketeersCaptain Blood, Scaramouche, Captain Alatriste and the like. I quickly realized there weren’t enough swashbuckler tales out there (as if there’s such thing as enough swashbucklers) and began writing my own. I went to Emerson College where I graduated with a degree in Journalism & New Media and a minor in Fiction Writing. Few things beat seeing people’s faces when they realized you just turned in a story about pirates. Just after college my first short-story “Ye Be Oak, True as Oak” was published in the 2006 WritersCafe.org Anthology. Couple years later my first poem “Sword-crossed Lovers” can be found in Vol. 13, #1, Issue 59 of Renaissance Magazine.

My love for writing, history and swordplay led him to write historical adventure stories and swashbuckling mysteries. I’ve studied both historical fencing and stage combat. My inspirations, if you’re interested, include Rafael Sabatini and Alexandre Dumas and, more recently, C.J. Sansom, Arturo Perez-Reverte, and C.W. Gortner.

When not writing, I practice historical fencing, playing roller hockey, read comics, create cosplay costumes, and blog about the Boston Bruins for the award winning Days of Y’Orr.

I’m currently working on my first novel — a historical adventure during the regin of King Henry IV of France. I live in Boston with my wonderful fiancee and our dire-Beagle, Rex.

You can contact me here.

PS – I still dress up as Zorro on occasion.