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Jake is an activist, writer, and author of the novel-in-progress An American Toy Story. He was born in Georgia, but raised from his earliest memories in Manitou Springs, Colorado. He served four years in the U.S. Army and deployed three times with the 75th Ranger Regiment to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2013. He currently lives in Colorado Springs and is pursuing a degree in Journalism.

Why I Write

I've always been a good student, but school always bored the hell out of me. The only thing that kept my ass in the seat was the threat of thick wooden spoons being broken over it if the teacher had to call home. I'd rather be out on the playground playing whatever new version  of "tag" I'd come up with (no one could ever catch me), or swinging and vaulting from the rope hanging from a dilapidated oak tree over the ditch behind my house, or exploring the scrub oak forest out back with my brother, building forts out of tree limbs and random junk tossed off the highway. I could hardly ever sit still, and around third grade the teachers made a concession for kids like me: we could read. As long as any work we had to do was done and turned in, we could pick a book off the shelf and read until it was time to move on to the next module. That rule made all the difference in the world. . . .