AF: How long have you been a writer?
I have been creative writing my whole life, but I published my first scientific writing in 2012.
AF: What inspired you to write this book?
Over the last 10 years, we have learned a lot about the physical, social and psychological impacts video games may have on its players. However, very little information has made it out of academia and in to public spheres. Furthermore, the information that has been shared with the public has been relatively one-sided and has typically focused on the potential links between violent video games and aggression, anti-social behavior and/or addiction. This has done a great disservice to parents, as they have received only a narrow glimpse into the wealth of information we have about if, how and why video games impact our children’s well-being, and this only serves to perpetuate any fears parents may have.
After several years of watching these sensationalized stories about the potential negative impact of video games air on the news and be shared over social media, I wanted to help parents feel informed and empowered by providing a resource of information and advice about how video games impact our children’s everyday lives. My hope was that this book would be the first step to transforming video games as a source of worry and conflict within families into one of conversation.
AF: How long have you lived in Austin?
I moved back to Austin two years ago (after living abroad for school), but was born and raised in the area. I also began my college education at The University of Texas – Hook ‘Em!
AF: Tell us about your family.
I am married to my high school sweetheart and have two children – a 2-year-old daughter, who keeps me on my toes, and a little boy on the way.
AF: What do you like most about Austin?
There is always something to do. Whether you are looking for some good food or entertainment on a date night or fun outdoor activities for the whole family, Austin has it all!