Readers of this blog who are also movie buffs may be able to help me out today: tell me where I got that title about identity!
I’m fairly certain there was an old movie or TV show where a character said, “Who are you? And what do you want?” But for the life of me, I can’t remember it.
Turns out there are quite a few places those questions get put together—from the Avatar: The Last Airbender cartoon (haven’t seen it) to The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (seen it, but that’s not the exact quote).
Whatever the origin, these questions have been asked by millions of people over thousands of years. They’re the “big questions” about one’s identity. And it occurred to me that a reader new to the blog, dropping in out of nowhere, might wonder, Who is this guy? And why is he blogging about all this stuff?
It’s been a while since I’ve done an introduction of myself here, so today is going to be a bit of that.
Who Am I?
Well, this could take all day, but I’ll keep it brief. I’ve been a writer nearly my entire life, and by the time I finished graduate school with my M.A. in English Lit and Writing, I was pretty well overqualified for your average writing gig.
Without any publications under my belt, though, I didn’t have many employment opportunities. It was the classic conundrum: “I need a job to get experience, but without any experience, no one will hire me.”
So I worked on my personal writing projects between the time I got my master’s and the time I got my first full-time writing job at the ripe old age of 37. That was a full two decades ago, and since then I’ve published my first four novels and a collection of short stories. I’ve run my own company since 2015.
What Do I Want?
Fame and glory, of course! But in all seriousness, I’d like people to read my fiction. And, to gain the interest of an ever-widening circle of readers, I give away my short story collection Rides From Strangers in ebook format to anyone who joins my email newsletter list. It’s not available anywhere else, so you’ve got to get it here.
Ideally, I’d like people to check out my other books, and if you like the short fiction, I think you’ll love the full-length novels. All are available in paperback via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and even Wal-Mart. Check out any of their websites and just type in my last name: S-A-H-N-O. The ebook versions are also available through Kobo.
Want to learn more? The best way is to Google SAHNO. In addition to this website, that first page of results also gets you to my Amazon author page, Twitter, LinkedIn and Goodreads. If you’re interested in interviewing me for a podcast or blog, reach out through one of those channels, and I’ll respond as soon as I can.