Author has written 2 stories for Transformers/Beast Wars.
I'm kind of an atypical writer. I hated reading, writing, or anything having to do with the literary arts as I was growing up. Dolls, and fancy dresses bored me to death. It was far more amusing to play pranks, run around on the playground, and defeat boys at every sport known to man. Yes, I was, and still am a tomboy. The only activity anyone could make me sit still for was art class. All that changed when I was thirteen. In junior high school, I began suffering from severe depression. It got so bad, that I even considered taking my own life. I tried to resist this evil, but it was tearing me apart. One day, my mother wrestled me into a nice dress (a very difficult accomplishment), and dragged me to church. While there, I heard about how to recieve Christ. By this point, I was desperate. I didn't want to die. Asking a God I wasn't even sure existed if he could please forgive my sins and come into my life, was the most difficult thing I've ever done. It was also the most amazing thing that ever happened to me. Hearing a big booming voice shout at me, "You are not alone," can really provide a wake up call. My loneliness and depression left me instantly. What does this have to do with writing, you might ask? After having a series of nasty nightmares, I finally asked God for help in a prayer. "God," I said. "Could you please help me not to be afraid anymore? But please don't let my dreams be boring..." Nearly every night since then, I've had wild dreams. Adventures, comedies, dramas, all playing out across my minds eye like my own personal movie. I just had to write it down! Suddenly, I found myself being praised for work that I couldn't even take credit for having created!
It didn't stop there. Television and movies couldn't hold my interest, because the plots were so predictable. Who wants to see the usual fare of damsel in distress and the dashing hero coming to rescue her? Boring! Then I started to see ways that they could be better. Original characters with far more interesting problems to overcome began invading my brain whenever I happened to glance at a TV screen or walk into a movie theater! Portfolio after portfolio began filling up with huge stories, often enough, adding sequels on top of it. I'd always known God was handing me something that would turn into a novel when I would get the inspiration to write the beginning and ending of the story on the same day. Over the course of six months to a year, the rest of the story would trickle down onto paper, but never linearly. It is always as much of a surprise for me, as it is for others where the story will go on it's way to the end.
How Confidence Game Came about I saw the Transformers Animated episode SUV. The episode made me cringe in some ways, but I was also intrigued. The idea of a salesman as a bad-guy held a lot of appeal. Sadly, at the time, the series hadn't gotten around to resolving the dilemma of how that lovable huckster got out of his predicament. A quick search revealed that no-one had written about it yet, so, me being the impatient sort that I am, I made a quick prayer to God. "Hey, Lord... is there any chance you could let me know what happens next? Thanks." That night, the first chapter made it's way down on paper, quickly followed by the epilogue. The results are what you now see before you, with reams of material for future sequels well on their way. I never expected this story to make it's way into my life, but I'm happy it happened. I hope others enjoy reading it as much as I do writing it.