When I was a sophomore in high school, I took a class in creative writing. That was over forty years ago. It’s hard for me to wrap my head around that. Anyway, I knew that a passion for writing was lurking just beneath the surface, and all that was needed was a spark to set it alight. But, alas, it would be 2009 before my talent began to emerge.

My Story

In 1990, I began writing what eventually became Into the Fray. The story, the characters and the theme were all there, but the ability to put words to paper had not matured sufficiently. I tried over the years to resurrect the project, but with limited success. Then, in March, 2009, I put my laptop in front of me and the words spilled forth. The passion was relentless, with many nights of writing until the wee hours. Then, up with the sun to get in a few more pages before I needed to leave for work. It became all-consuming, and it fueled my spirit to strive for greater heights. I was filled with such excitement, like none I had ever known. That shift in my life was a most powerful and fulfilling time, and it came with such joy.

I have been told by those wiser than me that things come to us in our lives only when we are prepared for them, when we have matured sufficiently through our life’s experiences. A lesson learned about patience and perseverance.

Over the years, my day job had been an accountant, helping others with their finances and taxes. That environment allowed my inner geek to flourish and prosper. I spent much of my recreational time on the golf course, as I had a talent for it, and it filled a spiritual gap that was missing in my life (yes, if properly understood, golf can be a deeply spiritual experience). More recently, I traveled to Europe several times, proving to myself what others had always been saying—it’s hard to understand a culture until you immerse yourself within it.

Many people have influenced my perceptions of the multiverse. I will always be grateful to them for their bold and refreshing talents. In no particular order, some of them are: Neil Gaiman, Ronald D. Moore, Shakespeare, Joss Whedon, George Lucas, all the folks at DC Comics and Marvel Comics, Jim Butcher, Greg Rucka, J.H. Williams III, Gail Simone, and Terry Pratchett.

I currently reside in the beautiful State of Washington.

Aderyn Lonigan