At the end of 2009, my professional life was good. I had a well-paying stable job, participated in meetings with other computer programmers, and led a pretty sedate life. While that was all rosy, my personal life was in shambles and at the end that year I made a decision that would change the trajectory of my life and put me in the path toward writing again.
I quit my well-paying and stable job and became a freelancer, something I dreaded terribly because, although I was an established designer with good reputation in the field, I was also a horrible publicist and feared the uncertainty of the freelancing field.
Within 8 months of freelancing, I knew things were dwindling and that I would need to make more changes, maybe go back to my old job. Everything was unpredictable at that point. That’s when, by curiosity, I searched for one of my favorite authors on Facebook. I was looking for information on upcoming releases and by chance, came across a group with the author’s series name. I didn’t quite understand what that was all about at the time and just asked to join and sort of checked their posts sporadically when they appeared on my newsfeed but I was still not fully engaged.
Later, after coming across some interesting posts, I investigated and understood that those posts were actually role players, writing as the characters of the books I enjoyed reading. They were bringing them to life in a big way and that drew me in immediately.
Within a few days of figuring it out, I received an email from the group. The email was a recruiting call for roles still not filled in the group. Without thinking I replied to the casting call with a simple introduction. I explained I had always loved writing but hadn’t done anything in the creative realm for a long time. I asked if it would be possible to join the group for a change at it.
And that was the last jerk that straightened my course toward publishing and today.
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.