I've decided I'm not going to do one of those weird "talking about myself in the third person" deals.

Instead, I thought I'd just talk about how I came to be right here, right now.

I grew up in a small regional town in New South Wales, Australia - called, Orange, and like most small towns in the late 70's and early 80's, kids in my town really only had two things to do. First, sport. All kinds. Everything from Cricket and Rugby, to Soccer, and eventually, Basketball (thanks on account to Michael Jordan, and every kid in the neighbourhood wanting to be just like Mike).

But I've never been one to be single minded about things. So, as much as I dabbled in sport, I much preferred to read books, or watch horror movies. I guess that's one of the reasons I write, I actually like my own company, and swimming around my creative brain for extended periods of time.

I'll never forget the year that really set things out for me. It was 1982. There were so many things for a six year old to dig their hooks into, but most importantly for me, it was film. All the hallmarks were already there, I mean, I didn't know a single kid, boy or girl, who hadn't seen and fallen in love with Star Wars. But, it wasn't those movies that I held in the highest regard; those were reserved for films like John Carpenter's The Thing, Blade Runner, Escape from New York, Halloween, and one of the greatest horror films ever made, Alien.

It was shortly after this, that I began to write. I never ventured into the fan fiction realm. Instead, I took those elements of the movies I loved and translated them to something on paper that I could enjoy, which didn't require a budget of millions. 

And so I continued to write. At the time, I was a huge Margaret Weiss fan. Tolkien was just around the corner, and by the 90's, I'd discovered such brilliant authors as Stephen King, Jack Ketchum, Anne Rice, and the greats - Bram Stoker's Dracula, and everything from HP Lovecraft.

Nowadays, my reading has broadened to include too many genre's to count. I mean, who doesn't love JK Rowling and RL Stine. Still, that widening of my reading palette served a critical purpose, it blended and cross-pollinated all of those influences, helping me to define my own writing style.

There were many stories from those early days, and although they are long gone, a whisper on the wind somewhere, the desire to tell a story has never been stronger for me.

If you are reading this, I can only hope that I have given you some entertainment on a dark and stormy night, and that you came out the other side happy that you got to spend some time with my characters.

E.v McQueen

2018 published by Vanguard Beat