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Growing up I was a rather restless and creative child. Fortunately both of my parents had their own interests that they tried to share with me. My father, a lover of science (and science fiction) impressed on me works of great scientists, but also of people with powerful imaginations. He read to me stories like “Red Planet”, by Robert A. Heinlein, “The Martian Chronicles” by Ray Bradbury, and “Dune” by Frank Herbert. Years later together we watched Star Trek: The Next Generation. He felt life’s lessons could be found within the pages of books.
My mother also had her vested interests. Where my father loves science and shared with me stories of flying among the stars, she loves history. The first story she ever read to me was “The Odyssey” by Homer. By the time I was five, she had read ever major written work to me that she could get her hands on.
As you can imagine, my mind was a sponge for new adventures and ideas. I was a daydreamer, which my parents encouraged but they also kept me grounded. While my father encouraged my imagination to grow, he did so with my logical mind too. He’d bring me a new science set and a lab book or would buy my sister and me a new computer and tell us to “learn it and learn it well, because one day computers will become as important to people as eating or drinking”. Now these days, when I walk down the street and I see people texting, talking on smart phones or wearing Google Glass, I think “ah dad, if only you had invested in Microsoft and Apple – how right you were”!
The first book I chose for myself was called “The Mirrorstone” by Michael Palin and Richard Seymour. It’s a British story about a young schoolboy who is pulled into another world. For someone with my imagination, that story only helped it to grow. By the time I chose my second book, Brian Jacques’ “Redwall”, I was reading and imagining ‘additions’ to stories. I wrote my first story ever by including a new character in that series. I learned much later this was called “fan fiction”.
I was hooked. Although it would be years before I would share my scribbling with anyone else, my imagination had taken the wheel of the car my mind powered where they stared out of the window and said “Get in. We’ll explain on the way”!
The short and simple version:
Michael Cross lives in Seattle, WA. This land is prone to lots of rain, fantastic adventures and the occasional flyby dragon. When Cross isn’t working on his next novel, he spends his time reading, modding steampunk inventions or working on his airship with his copilot chihuahua. Cross dreamed of becoming a storyteller back when he was read stories like “The Odyssey” and legends of Roman soldiers and Arthur. He writes mostly paranormal, fantasy, New Adult and steampunk.
Bibliography: Terra Mechanica Anthology, Moments in Millennia Anthology, Cogs in Time 2 Anthology, Rise of the Goddess Anthology, Business or Pleasure, After Tomorrow Anthology, Tales of the Fairy II Anthology, Lurking in the Deep Anthology, Crypticon Seattle’s De-Compositions 2015 Anthology, Love Sucks Anthology, Once Upon a Time: Clichés for a Cause Anthology, Mystical Bites Anthology.
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