I was 315 lbs., diabetic, and near-death; I dropped to 235, feel great, and followed my life dream to become a published author! AMA!
Hello! My name is Jason Crutchfield, and I'm a writer. I'm the author of the four part science-fiction series NANO. The first book, NANO Archive 01: The City of Fire, is published on Amazon and available for purchase.
Since I was in middle school I've loved to write. I did everything from roleplaying on America Online to playing Dungeons and Dragons as a Dungeon Master (which I still do!) to writing short stories. I met a mentor, a bizarre English teacher named Ms. Amos, in High School. That's where I first got the dream to make a living as an author.
Unfortunately the odds scared me off; Ms. Amos told me only 2% of writers make it, so when I graduated with my Associate's, I buried my dreams and joined the work force. Unhappy, my weight rose up to 315 pounds.
During a routine Department of Transportation physical, they told me I needed to go to the emergency room because I was in danger of immediate cardiac arrest. I don't think I had ever cried as a man until that day when I was driving myself to the ER. I was so angry, and my sole regret was never even trying to be an author.
So I resolved myself that day. I dropped a lot of the weight and on November 5th, 2012, I picked up my proverbial pen. And I wrote, and wrote, and wrote, and wrote. I finished my first series on April 1st 2014 (took me forever to convince people it wasn't an April Fool's joke.) It will be the first of many series. I never want to put my pen down again.
I'd like to answer any questions you may have. Things related to my diabetes, things related to my journey as an author, things related to my weight loss. Maybe the story's a bit mundane or boring, but I feel that there's something which can be shared here. And if I can help someone else along the way, then all the better.
Proof of my status as a Published Author: www.authorjasonlee.com
Edit - Going to head to bed! I haven't had many questions, but that's quite all right! I'll definitely resume this tomorrow in the afternoon sometime! Good night~
Edit - Ok, woke up and I have quite a few questions! I'll be here for a while to answer more, so I'ma get crackin' on the ones here!