My name is Ash and I have been a writer for a very long time; much longer than 1998. In fact, when I was in kindergarten I used to write plays for my fellow students to reenact. I don't remember everything about them, but word of mother says they mostly tended to be about a young girl somewhere around my age who got a pony by magical fairy-godmotherish means.
I am now 30 and I have been involved with literature and writing the whole entire time, from the moment I was old enough to pick up a crayon and decide that playing 'the big sister' or 'the mum' in a playdate of 'house' was a gigantic snooze and that it would be more fun to write instead to advanced degrees and academic publications.
It was around grade 6 that I really found some kind of niche as a writer and, I was already writing some Twilight Zone level stuff, far before I had even seen parodies of such work on The Simpsons. My villains often won, my good guys got broken. I never really lost that aspect of storytelling. I was actually pretty good at Halloween parties.
I was heavily inspired by magical girls - both in the 'Japanese Anime' sense and their Western and world mythological counterparts.
Naturally I wrote fan fiction and I tend to think I took a fairly linear path along that line - the self-inserts and colour swaps of my favourite characters gave way to actual development which finally got me to fully leave other people's sandboxes for the first time.
Academic writing was largely about studying and picking apart what other people wrote fiction about, and while I would be lying if I said that I escaped unscathed of the brutal picking apart of my own advisors and editors, I think it's time to see how the other half lives.
Cypher D is the main character in a story that I've had for a long time coming. I guess that everything built up to Cypher D including my own identity. But you'll know more about him soon enough....