Call me Chris.
I write under a pseudonym to protect the anonymity of my loved ones.
As much as I love to write, I love to read even more. I enjoy literary fiction, history, and biographies. I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. The Borderlands is my first project I’ve seen through to completion. I learned a great deal in my earlier projects and those lessons propelled me to find my writing style.
My favorite author is John Steinbeck. I love the compassion that comes through in his voice for flawed characters. Steinbeck also wrote largely about what he saw personally. I try to do the same, though I’m no Steinbeck. Creative writing has always been my outlet. If I may, again, borrow from Steinbeck, he referred to his own writing as “is thinking” or, put another way, that we should simply accept that life is happening around us and all we control is how we respond to events as flawed human beings. While I’m no Steinbeck, this is what I try to capture in my writing.
The characters speak like real people. This is bothersome to some readers. For me, it’s immersive. The choices the characters are forced to reconcile are designed to happen in real-time, much the same way we make countless choices each day. The consequences of our choices are played out in front of us. This is something else I try to capture in my writing.
In closing, I would like to say that great fiction should be affordable, entertaining, and informative. Thank you, Chris