After returning from Ireland, I found myself second guessing past choices and began to dabble with technology. Computers fascinated me (still do) and the idea of creating software intrigued me. I dedicated another five years to computer programming and again acquired knowledge from the experience, learned a lot about everything technology related and then veered into web programming and web design.
I made web development and design my career for over fifteen years. I was fairly successful and content with that with one exception: the only thing I wrote was web copy. Technical blurbs, copy editing for websites and graphics, although interesting, didn’t make my heart race. I began to read more and more to fill that gap. I read anything and everything that fell into my hands. My days were spent deep in coding mode and my nights were spent reading until the early hours of the morning. Very little sleep happened during that time but it served a big purpose. I was learning from those books I read, paying attention to prose, composition.
I was honing the craft even if I wasn’t really applying it. The need and drive to read continued to play an important part in how I got where I am now and has been, even though personal tribulations, the solid anchor in my life.
Seven years after my visit to Ireland, I moved to Canada where I still reside. Another twist on the road brought on by very personal choices and needs. Here I continued to maintain employment in web design and development and spread my wings in the field. I met one of the people who have had the most influence in Cecilia and my decision to self-publish. Completely unrelated as it was our crossing paths, he came to be an important piece of the puzzle.
For several years, I continued to write web copy, read myself to exhaustion, and the dream of writing as a career slipped between my fingers like fine sand.
Chris Almeida (also known as C. Almeida) began writing children’s stories at a very young age. Born in Brazil but currently living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Chris’ life took a totally different course when technology came into play, and the following 17 years were spent delving deep into the world of programming and web design.
It was in 2010, when Chris began role playing online as a hobby, that writing worm its way back into the picture. This time, writing storylines for the role playing group.
The ideas and plots created for the game awoke the inner writer and a few months later, together with partner in crime Cecilia Aubrey (C. Aubrey), began writing romantic erotica.
Now, still together, they have written a number of short stories and novels and are currently working on book two and three of their series as well as several short stories part of the spin off series. Through it all they have continued to enjoy role playing through their favorite characters.