About the Author
Rory is a writer from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His work has been featured with the Freedom Today Network, Speak Freely, Being Libertarian, and Think Liberty. He is the author of I Know My Rights: A Children’s Guide to the Bill of Rights and Individual Liberty. In May of 2019, he joined Porter Medium, providing a Libertarian voice on current events and national issues. His writing focuses on individual rights, peaceful dissidence, and American and Irish politics. He currently resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Learn more about him at his website.
What inspired you to start writing?
I started writing regularly at ten years old after I saw the movie Finding Forester with my family. For those who haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it, especially for those passionate about literature. I went to a thrift shop with my dad the next day and bought an old Olympia typewriter for $20; I was able to get the price knocked down when I told the clerk that I was going to write a novel. I've been writing regularly ever since.
What are your hobbies / interests?
I fill my free time with reading the most seemingly random book I can find, rock climbing, weightlifting, and fencing, as well as hiding from the heat during the Phoenix summers. Beyond that, I'm usually watching sports or trying to learn a new topic.
Who are your personal heroes?
I've never given this much thought, primarily because there are too many to name. Off the top of my head, I would say Ray Bradbury, Harlan Ellison, Hayek, and my brother.
How did you discover the freedom philosophy?
I was introduced to Libertarianism by a close friend in 2015. I was politically agnostic and generally apathetic towards the duopoly of modern politics. Libertarianism offered me both an outlet and a home for the rough outline of my personal philosophy. Like most new things, there was some initial discomfort, but the more I studied and considered my own life experiences and how I viewed our world, the more comfortable I felt in embracing a philosophy charged with setting the world free.
Who are your favorite writers?
I've already name a few as my personal heroes, but to name a few would include Bradbury, Ellison, Heinlein, Lester del Rey, and Ayn Rand. For a full list of my favorite writers, read "Dangerous Visions" and "Again, Dangerous Visions."