My name is J. Evan Stuart and I've had a life-long love of books. Nothing was better than getting lost in a story that would take me to faraway places and send me on adventures with characters who became my friends.
When I was young, I wanted to write the types of stories I loved to read, but school succeeded in squashing my little dream. While I always received high marks on my writing, having to constantly write on topics I wasn't really interested in made writing in my free time not something I readily pursued. By the time I finished college, one of my great joys was not having to write anything.
The years passed and my career choices always had me being around kids. I was tutoring a child one evening and was helping him with an assignment. He was to come up with a few paragraphs to start a story and it had to contain conflict. We came up with a scenario of a couple of high school boys having a confrontation in a bathroom and an iPod ends up being dropped in a toilet. For some reason the scene stuck with me long after the assignment was completed.
A year later I was still thinking about and wondering who these two boys were and what would happen next. I took up pen and paper to answer my questions, never really thinking I was actually trying to write a story. But a story came and for the last five years my pen has taken me on wonderful adventures and created characters who have become my friends.
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