Autobiography of Rory D Nelson
In his own words
My Autobiography: When I was growing up, I never had aspirations of writing. Even as an adult, I never longed to write the great American novel. I believed I simply didn’t have the patience for it, though I had good writing skills. I worked hard to get into college, but once I was there I did little in the way of furthering my academic career. Certainly, nothing in terms of building any future career. My greatest achievement in four years in college was successfully building a bong out of a hand held vacuum cleaner.
Like many college dropouts, I bounced aimlessly from job to job. I was a roofer, a fast food fry cook, a framer, a bouncer, cashier, house cleaner and even a would-be actor. Nothing enriched my soul or brought me any closer to happiness. Although I yearned for something more, I just didn’t know what it was.
In 1995, I reached a low point in my life. Due to a series of unfortunate events and poor decision making, I found myself living under a freeway overpass. Unable to afford even the basic necessities, I was forced to move back to Idaho.
So, I moved back to LA again in 1996. And, after a number of unsavory and unsatisfying pursuits, I moved to Sacramento in 1999 to be with my girlfriend. I later married her. Like many couples, the illusion of true love obscured in a cloud of compatibility and chemistry eventually dissipated and reality set in. We divorced amicably enough.
By my late thirties, a relentless story had been steadily gnawing its way into my head in the form of dreams. An elaborate, rich, diverse character haunted me, begging me to give him life. Finally, I did just that. I began to write. The very first book I wrote of the character was not great. As a result, it was panned at a couple of writing conferences I attended.
Before I reached the end of that book, the prequel, Dawn of the Merlin, began to take on life. I knew I had to write it from the beginning. As a result, the story evolved as I wrote and continued to delve deeper into this world. The Brotherhood of Merlin series continues to be my labor of love. I hope you find the world as enthralling as I do.
Rory D Nelson