Hello! My name is Nick S Nicholas. I am forty-something, happily married to my wife of fourteen years and have two beautiful children and not to mention, 5 energy filled dogs. My wife is my soul-mate, a wonderful partner and my best friend. We met in college in statistics class. I thought she was checking me out! In reality she was just leaning over to peak at my wristwatch (that’s what she says I still don’t believe that!). I was so attracted to her, she had such a good heart and wonderful smile and was just so beautiful it didn’t take long after that first encounter and we started dating throughout college. Soon after got we engaged and were married.

For me, getting married and settling in a home together was the easy part. Starting a family proved to be a bit more challenging. After a lot of trying, our journey to starting a family lead us up to the path of adoption. We adopted my son and then two years later my daughter. Both experiences were quite an emotional roller coaster but made it through! Together, my soul-mate and I made our dream of having a family come true! Two children and 5 dogs later, we are just your average (or not so average?) American family!

By day, I am an IT Security professional protecting networks, systems and intellectual property from cyber threats. By night I jump into my alter-ego (the one who is writing this now) and turn into a reality escape artist! This includes getting immersed in movies, books, and video games.  My favorites include stuff with aliens, robots, space, elves, dwarves, orcs, ghosts, spirits, daemons and just about any other fantasy realm that permits me to mentally escape to another place.

I am a serious video game junkie with a primary interest in massively multi-player online role-playing games (MMORPGS) and also love first person shooter genre games ranging from fantasy realms such as World of Warcraft, Star Wars The Old Republic to first person shooters such as Duke Nuke’em, Call of Unreal Tournament and Call of Duty. I love the fantasy worlds that video game studios create and how they allow you to live in their worlds, virtually speaking of course.

This fascination of fantasy realms and the lore and stories behind the games and movies has spilled over into other areas of interest for me. I started to make my own stories and realms in my mind. I didn’t have a good way to express them. I tried to draw my stories out by making sketches and comic strips.  Even when I attempted the comic strips, I just used pictures and not words. As it turns out, I am terrible at art! It never occurred to me to actually write my stories down on paper or in a word processor for that matter.

One day a friend I met online emailed me a story he wrote about one of his character in an online game we play. I read the story and then it hit me – it all clicked in my head! I could do that! I can describe and tell people about all the fantastic things I saw in my mind’s eye I did that all the time. So why couldn’t I just write it all down! So I started to do just that.

It took a while for me to start writing seriously. At first, it was just some stuff I would write down and then share with my friends over an email. It started to become a habit. About a year after starting this, I got an eBook reader. That is when I fully realized what I could do and how I could get other people to enjoy what I do not just the few friends I emailed my stories to.

My eBook reader also opened my mind up to a whole new venue for fantasy worlds and strange realms – and new genre’s as well. I always was a romantic in one form or another. I’m not saying I totally dig “chic flicks” but I do get into a good love story now and then. Now that’s when another realization hit me. All the things I find escape with, others do as well. And if I mix them up a bit, the possibilities are endless! Fantasy, Lore, Paranormal, Sci-fi, Romance and Erotic Romance – in any and all combinations can make one hell of an adventure!

That that basically is a little bit about me and how my quest to become an independent writer and self-published author unfolded! I can’t wait for the next chapter in this story and see where this all leads me to!

Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me. If you have any questions for me, please feel free to email me using the contact link (here) or you can find me on twitter at @NickSNicholas

-Nick

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