But it wasn’t until high school that I discovered something so amazing, so all-encompassing, as to transcend the Nathaniel Hawthorns and Alexander Dumases I had devoured. I had discovered THE LORD OF THE RINGS right at the time that it had been rediscovered by everyone else in the early seventies. I never knew such works existed, that such world-building could be achieved. And so I started writing my own Tolkeinesque stories and finished my first novel when I was about sixteen. Others followed and I became an avid reader of Science Fiction and Fantasy, of such authors as Asimov and Piers Anthony and Marion Zimmer Bradley and Ann McCaffery.