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Jan, 2014

Drew: First Thing in the Morning

Drew Briney is a New York Times Bestselling author who recently released his tenth book: Unproven.

Well, at least I aspire to be a New York Times Bestselling author and I expect that it will happen sooner or later. For now, I’ll be happy to accept the honor of being a top 5 author at SciFiFantasyFreak.com (for Moon 514) and for being a bestseller in SFF Anthologies (for 5 Blades). Currently, I’m working on a screenplay for Unproven to convert it into a teen animated series while focusing on Sea Dragon Apocalypse as you can see on my progress bar widget on the left menu.
While in college, I thrust my OCD tendencies into a good cause: I returned to my childhood juggling addiction.  I was awarded Utah’s Best Professional Juggler award in 2001 and have retained that title ever since (mostly because they quit having the competition but I like to brag about it anyway – did I mention I can juggle 8 balls?). I juggled as a performer at the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics. I competed at the 2006 IJA competition and handily lost because I dropped too much – but at least I saved one drop with an epic sidekick that really wowed the judges! I was also a staple performer at the Timpanogas Storytelling Festival for more than a dozen years because I’m the only juggler in the world that tells stories while juggling. Really – it’s true: I bill myself as the Story Juggler. You can hire me to juggle for insane amounts of money (please…) or you can just watch me on YouTube for free – your call.

Drew Juggling His Son, Jasher, at the Provo Public Library

At the demand of social pressure and traditional online expectations, I suppose I should mention that I’m happily married, I have a boatload of children, and that I’m currently writing full time when I’m not appearing on a reality tv show. After graduating from BYU (Phi Kappa Phi) with degrees in history, music, and logic, I entered BYU’s law school on scholarship and began teaching philosophy at UVU. Forsaking exotic and life-changing trips around the world with jazz bands (Europe) and symphonies (China and the Philippines) and recording on CDs (only two), I began my new journey of helping people beat each other up with reams of paperwork that cost ungodly amounts of money and that are only read by a very small group of people (litigating as an attorney).  I suppose I’ve drafted millions of words in that vein – including a number of thousand that made their way to the United States Supreme Court (we won).  None of that persistent fighting saturated my appetite for violence so I fought my way (nearly) to a black belt in karate until I broke my back and had to take a sabbatical – don’t worry, I didn’t do karate alone – four of my kids got their black belt alongside me! It’s illegal to beat them at home but at the dojo, we just call it sparring so it’s okay!

 

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