Dennis is a veteran of the United States Navy. After 14 years of service, he developed PTSD, which led to insomnia. Reluctant to take medication, he started thinking up a story to help him get to sleep. Every time he got to a point in the story where he didn't like the direction the story was going, he would start the story over in his head. Every time he started over, the story would change and evolve. New characters were added, new abilities developed or new histories in the world came to light. After nearly 20 years of going over the story, it stopped changing, so he decided that it was time to put it on paper.
The Secrets of the Runestones series is a product of Dennis taking a debilitating condition and turning it into something positive. The characters are all dear to his heart. Writing fantasy involves a great deal of thought and research. Trade routes, monetary systems, government and religions are just some of the things you need to think about before you get to the fun stuff like swords and magic. Dennis believes he put in the effort, and created a story that anyone can enjoy.