Mike Shaffer

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Introduction I've wanted to be a writer of Fantasy and/or Science Fiction since my mom took me to see "Star Wars" in 1977 at age 3. My mother first inspired me to write. She wrote her own "hard" Sci Fi when I was little as a break from me. She read it to me when I asked after dinner one night what she was doing. I started writing in earnest in 3rd grade when I wrote "continuations" to books or movies or tv shows I liked. (Tolkien's The Hobbit, Lucas "Star Wars" and Larson's "Battlestar Galactica"). Wrote my first original story in 4th grade. My first live reading was right after my teacher caught me working on it in class. (We wrote longhand in notebooks back then, kids). Instead of punishment, it encouraged me to keep going. With stops for High School, two years of College (though I did write one short story then) and life, I picked it back up two years ago. With help and mentoring from David Farland and Brandon Sanderson (among others) I hope to get someone to pay me for this, soon.
Interests Writing, Being a published, professional Fantasy writer, reading, watching movies, playing guitar, listening to a wide variety of music (Rock, Blues, Classical, Soundtracks, Classic Rock, ) spending time with my family and being a dad