New Carlisle, Ohio, United States
I'm Rustin Petrae, an art director/graphic artist out of Ohio. I was actually born in
San Antonio, Texas but spent nearly half my life overseas. I grew up on Misawa Air
Force Base, Japan and then went on to Seoul, South Korea and then onto Osan Air
Force Base, South Korea where I graduated from Osan American High School. I
loved that life. I loved living in a country where I was able to absorb different
cultures and traditions. I learned a lot from that and I use a lot of what I learned in
I started very early on. In fact, I can remember one of my elementary school
teachers asking us all what we wanted to be when we grew up. My answer was that
I wanted to either be a cartoonist or an author. Well, I didn't end up being a
cartoonist (although I still draw and create my own characters). I went on to pursue
the graphic design route, but I never did give up on writing. I think I really started to
pursue it again when I was a senior in high school. That's when I tried to get a little
more serious about it and also when I completed one of my first short stories. Ever
since then, I have written several stories, flash fictions, a couple of novellas, and two
I've always enjoyed the creative process. I love taking things and seeing them
through until they are something real. Something you can actually grab onto. For
me, the creative spark really began in Misawa, Japan. All of my friends, myself
included, would make up characters, cartoons and the worlds they would go in.
Shortly after that I started drawing and spent a long time creating even more
characters. It wasn't until a couple of class projects where we had to write and make
our own books that I realized I could write about the characters that I drew.
Everything just sort of spun off from that and I've spent nearly my whole life creating
these characters and sharpening them and their worlds until I have stories that I like.
I hope that everyone else likes them too.
Check out my website at: rustin-petrae.webs.com for exclusive content, special
previews, my blog and some of my free short stories!
Interests: Writing, reading, drawing, graphic design, illustration, comic books, movies, etc.
Published writer: Yes