Dustin Schyler Yoak knew he wanted to be involved in the entertainment industry after watching Return of the Jedi at three years old. His passion for great stories continued all through childhood and he wrote stories he and his friends could act out. Books, comic books, movies and television were sustenance for Dustin’s growing imagination. When combined with his love for meticulous detail and passion for storytelling, his imagination cultivates vivid worlds and alluring characters.
He graduated high school with a major in sarcasm and a utility belt loaded down with useful skills. In his video journalism studies, he learned how to frame a scene, edit, and put together local interest pieces for the school’s news channel. In web design, he learned programs like Dreamweaver and Photoshop, as well as writing daily news articles for the school’s website. Dustin went on to use his technical knowledge and fast typing to obtain jobs in the IT industry while he continued to hone his storytelling skills.
Dustin earned a Bachelor of Fine Art’s degree in Creative Writing at Full Sail University where he was named the class Salutatorian and his efforts were recognized with the Advanced Achievement Award. His dedication and hard work was also recognized with several Course Director awards in Intro to Television Writing, Creative Writing Industry, Writing Workshop III – Storyboarding, Animation and Comics, and Writing Workshop IV – Video Game and Interactive Formats.
Dustin enjoys writing comedies, suspense, and action-adventure stories. His collection of short stories, Dead End: A Collection of Short-lived Stories, can be found on iBooks or Smashwords. Currently, Dustin is juggling a number of projects including Reflections, a supernatural, urban fantasy comic book series with steam punk and noir inspirations.
When Dustin isn’t working, co-editing Aphotic Realm Magazine, or studying his craft, he mediates arguments between his wife and their spunky four-year-old and one-year-old daughters.