About Me

His friends considered him an entertainer, relater, thinker, listener, and a conversationalist equally.

“I’m writing the kind of book I want to read, or the kind of movie I want to see. Full of fascinating characters, people you want to love and cheer for, hate, or be confounded by. I want to give the reader poignant moments and powerful emotions. I want them to cry, laugh, and pump their fist in the air. That is my hope, that is my vision and I will not rest until I believe with all my heart I have given them that.” A. R. Travis.

     A. R. Travis was born July 12, 1963 in Garland, Texas. Telling stories began in the late 60s. In the sandbox, around the trunk and under the shade of a willow tree, he orchestrated battle scenes carved into the sand, forts and bridges made of sticks, and rivers from the water hose. Sometimes it was cowboys and Indians, sometimes it was WWII battles.  With tiny plastic artillery, tanks and men, it was always epic in his mind, as if above the shade of the tree; Japanese Zeros were coming for the attack. The only thing that could interrupt his heroes daunting quest for victory was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich from mom and cartoons at noon.

     He never thought about writing it down.

     He always enjoyed making people laugh, entertaining them with a story, recounting the salient or interesting scene of a movie, or giving a small insight about life or receiving one. He has a split and paradoxical personality: He is reclusive and extroverted.  He can talk your ear off and then shut up to listen.

     After threatening to go to university after high school, he ended up getting a degree in electronic engineering from a forgotten trade school. The career that followed played to his reclusive side, head buried in a circuit board. Later, his gift for gab on his extroverted side landed him in a sales and marketing career where he sold millions in the pager and cellular phone world of the 90s and early 2000s.

     He has been an entrepreneur, a delivery ‘boy’ for Jason’s Deli–while driving his Land Cruiser, and a multi-million dollar sales guy, to name a few things from his diverse background.

     Since the mid 80s, he knew he would write someday, perhaps many books. Since ‘04 he has blogged prolifically to feed his craving to write…something. He has been writing in notebooks since the late 70s. I think he still has some of his “awfully spelled and angst ridden teenage drivel,” he calls it. He has always had ideas for books or movies and can talk about them for hours on end once he gets warmed up.

     He wrote a short story in the early 90s for a college humanities class about a man who journeys into his own soul and discovers what has kept him from achieving his dreams. The professor thought Travis ought to publish it, but Travis didn’t think it was good enough, and decided to get back to it someday. But, career demands stymied him for years. It is said one must age and know the human soul well enough before one can write a great book.

     At Travis’ last sales manager’s job, he was asked to lie to a customer, he wouldn’t do it. That was the final event in what had been a long process of the reevaluation on his life’s direction. He left that career. That’s when the vision for what became the massive and thrilling undertaking Creed of Kings: a fantasy saga set in an ancient world of beauty and brutality where a new nation struggles for survival surrounded by warring empires with fascinating characters on every side.

     Travis’ committed career suicide and quit, moved back to his hometown and got a job making just enough money to survive. He stopped waiting and started writing the saga Creed of Kings in 2007.  

     He is currently driving a school bus–and loving it to his astonishment. Between routes and holiday breaks, he can be found at his computer banging away at the keys with Hans Zimmer music providing the soundtrack when he is not jogging, walking, studying the art of storytelling, going to the movies, or reading.

     Based on time and the process, the write-through of the first book should be finished this late this year and then the revisions to be ready for a literary agents inspection in the spring of the next year.

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    October 17, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    thanks for dropping by! good luck on your book – sounds like something i would read as well (smile).

    • October 17, 2010 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks for the comment and good wishes. I hope I can be finished by next year.

  2. November 1, 2010 at 5:17 am

    Good luck!

    • November 1, 2010 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you and the same to ya!

  3. April 27, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Thank you for following my blog! 😀
    Just out of curiosity, was there anything specific on the site that made you decide to follow it?

    • April 28, 2012 at 3:40 am

      I like connecting with other writers.

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