A game developer by day, an author by night, and a family man all the time, AJ is one busy guy.
Having always been in love with story telling and artistic endeavors, I spent many days of my childhood creating comic books with one of my best friends. Armed with sheets of paper, pens, and a crazy imagination, I would draw, write, and chug Yoohoo for hours on end. In 1999, a very influential PC game came out that would shape my future. Half-Life. The visuals and game play was unlike anything I had ever experienced before, and the narrative…It was simply brilliant. It remains one of my all time favorite games to this day. The game itself, though, was only half of the adventure. With development tools included, I was able to start taking my art to the next level by creating 3D worlds for other players to enjoy. By the time I graduated high school in 2004 I knew I wanted to be in video game development, and by early 2005 I had landed my first job in the game industry which, over time, resulted in working on some of the largest franchises in game history. Some of the franchises I’ve worked on include: The Punisher, Borderlands, Halo, Doom, Call of Duty and more.
Though I had always been a gamer/TV watcher as a kid, one day I borrowed a short novel by the name of World War Z by Max Brooks. The bite sized tales consolidated into one larger story made the whole thing feel much more approachable for someone who seldom read anything that wasn’t labeled “GDD” (Game Design Document). That book was a catalyst for a whole new passion. Reading.
One day, while walking out of a grocery store, I thought of a book title that was incredible. I thought I wonder what kind of story would go with such an awesome title? Shortly after, I figured out a sufficient story and wrote a novella about it. Unfortunately, by the time the novella was finished, I forgot what the title was and had to come up with a new one altogether. That story remains unpublished, but it was a launching point for my writing endeavor.
Writing has become my passion, but art is still a love affair I’ll never want to give up. One of the ways to scratch that creative itch is by making cover art for not only my own books, but covers for other authors as well. Whether just simple photography kitbashing, fully rendered 3D scenes, or the occasional minimalist piece, I enjoy creating all types of cover art. You can view some examples over on the Cover Art page.
I have just finished the draft for my debut novel As the Ash Fell, due out in April of 2015. This will be the first of many literary releases to come. If you would like more info about me, have questions about my work, or are interested in cover art, please go to the contact page.
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