Friday, May 30, 2014

A quick bio

Alright, let's see if we can pad that last post a little.

Who is this guy? Why am I reading this? Great questions. So let me start by telling you a little something about myself. My name is Jeff Gunzel, and I am the author of the The Legend of the Gate Keeper series. And yes, that is my real name not a pen name.

I was born and raised in Chicago, but relocated to Colorado about four years ago. Growing up, I wasn't a particularly good student. In fact...I was pretty awful. While the teacher was trying to show us math and science, I was always daydreaming about fantasy worlds. Needless to say this does nothing to help your grades.

Much of my teenage years was spent playing D&D. My friends and I would play from Friday night until Saturday afternoon. Hours and hours went by in the blink of an eye. Although this might seem like a huge waste of time (and I have no compelling argument to disagree) I do think this was where my life as a writer started. I just didn't know it yet.

After graduating high school, I began to nickel and dime my way through college. On again off again, a class here a class there. I went only because I knew...well...that's what you're supposed to do. A year later with a few credits under my belt, I found out my girlfriend at the time was pregnant. After my son Justin was born, I stopped school altogether.

It wasn't until years later that I decided to try college one more time. After being a tig welder for nearly a decade, I really wanted to do something else. To make a long story short, I eventually graduated from Devry University with an Associate of Applied Science in Electronics & Computer Technology

Well, the recession of 08 made my degree nearly useless. I couldn't find a job in the tech world and wasn't sure what to do next. Frustrated, I sat in front if the computer one day and thought, I need to vent somehow. I think I'll write a book or something...

And that's what happened. I just started typing. No idea where any of it was going...I just kept typing. Land of Shadows was finished four months later. A book that was never meant to see the light of day. Something I wrote for my own entertainment. (Although I admit, by the time I was 3/4 done I started to entertain thoughts of self publishing it) Glad I did!

So, this is my first complete post. Now you all know a little something about me. :)


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