AWOL: A Character Lost Part 1

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Anthony Renfro

I was born in Bristol, Tennessee, in 1972 and grew up in a little town in the Appalachian Mountains called Abingdon, Virginia. In those small town days I fell in love with many things, among them reading. Reading was a way to escape from a town whose borders always seemed to be too tight. I discovered my love of writing in college, under the influence of various Stephen King novels. The first time I read a novel by him, I knew I would need to write for the rest of my life. I finally earned my degree in Media Writing in 2004. At the time, I intended to make a path in the screenwriting industry. I quickly found that writing screenplays didn’t capture me, so I turned back to writing short stories and novels. In the process, I learned to apply many screenwriting techniques to my writing. Quick, fast, and always moving forward, pumping like a heartbeat – that’s the way I shape my stories. I also have several other loves, among them running, listening to music (heavy metal mostly), or just spending time with my family. I am a stay-at-home dad, a total role reversal, and the most challenging job I could ever imagine. This gives me not only adequate time with my family, but also some free time to write. Thanks for reading and enjoying my work.