I’ve been writing stories just about as long as I’ve been riding dirt bikes – since I was 4 – stashing diaries full of tall tales about my weekends traveling across the state of Florida racing dirt bikes with my dad. My early experiences lasted a lifetime, and I’m working on a book based on those stories. It is my goal to top The New York Times Best Seller’s List.
While I have spent the last 25 years of my life riding dirt bikes, I have developed another passion along the way: for storytelling, and both have become what I understand to be my purpose in life. At the age of 7, at the 1992 Young Authors’ Conference in Florida, I walked across the stage to accept an award for writing my first book and peered out to the packed auditorium, feeling a warm rush for distinction.
The biggest influence on my decision to pursue my journalism career came out of my first term paper assignment in college at the University of South Florida. I was thinking about my dream job and arranged an interview with the editor of a local rag, Florida Motocross Magazine. I unveiled my spotless tape recorder, two pens, my notepad, the nervous twitch in my right eye and presented my questions to the editor. I listened, took notes and anticipated further questions. One week later, my professor returned my assignment with a giant red “A” scribbled across the front. I made a few small corrections, danced around a lot and forwarded a copy to the editor. It wasn’t 10 minutes later that he asked me if I wanted a job.
From there, I enrolled in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. An education from Newhouse strengthened my skills as a journalist. I don’t just love to write, I love what writing has done for me. It has allowed me to serve the public and give a voice to the voiceless. I’m always looking for a new story to tell through my travels as a journalist and avid motorcyclist.