FROM SMALL BEGINNINGS
WITH GRAND AMBITIONS
Without A Voice
B. Richard Collebrusco was born on April 5th, 1993, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Suffering from the onset of Childhood Apraxia, a disability where the brain cannot effectively communicate with the muscles that allow for speech, Collebrusco was always a sort of outcast amongst his peers. A victim of extreme bullying throughout his early years, the boy that would come to write ‘A Tale Beyond Return’ had found himself secluded from a normal life. While other children during recess would go and have fun on the playground, Collebrusco would always be sitting on a bench or a picnic table with a notebook in hand, drawing or writing – creating fantasy worlds or imagining battles being waged around him between knights, horsemen, and steady men-at-arms.
As Collebrusco grew through the years, he started to suffer depressive states from his social isolation. While he did have friends, he always felt they merely tolerated his presence more than welcoming him with open arms. And in these years, he suffered. Becoming ever the more separated from those around him, often losing himself in his own imagination, where he felt safest. All throughout Middle School and High School, and even a little while afterward, there were too few who could say they understood or really knew the boy who merely seemed to exist.
It was then he began to dive into the histories of the real world, the languages and cultures that filled it as he found a sort of fascination within such remarkable stories of old, particularly in the mythologies of the Celtic and Norse cultures. This was when he started the preliminary concepts of the world that would become his first book.
After leaving High School and spending a few years searching for his own path, trying to find an identity of his own, B. Richard Collebrusco adapted to his newfound surroundings, undertaking new challenges that he never thought himself capable of doing. He expanded his intellectual and academic capabilities, became more social, and found a manner of speaking that could distract others from recognizing the Apraxia that had been the source of so much pain throughout his life.
A small perspective of the world
"Often what matters most in life is what we leave behind. Our legacy to be remembered or forgotten."