|My author picture|
I started writing as a teenager, penning fan fiction before it was called that. My heros were Napoleon Solo in the Man from U.N.C.L.E., James Bond and the two guys from the I Spy TV show. I mean when you're sixteen in the '60s, growing up to be a spy is every boy's dream, next to piloting a space ship through the depths of far galaxies.
But eventually you need to get serious and do something with your life. Get married. Have a family and a career. Make money. I did all this. I have a lovely wife and two wonderful daughters. I worked a number of jobs including house painter, carpet cleaner and lab technician testing construction materials. (Now there's a dream job!). I went to college three times and eventually became an Electrical Engineer. That led to titles such as a Test Engineer, Design Engineer, Director of Engineering, Applications Engineer and Quality Engineer.
|On bridge near hotel in Thun, Switzerland|
My writing began a few jobs back to fill out lunch hours. My first novel was called Psi Waves, a science fiction story that still sits stashed away on my hard drive somewhere. Later I wrote evenings while the family did things like watch TV and play on computers. My next two books Penelope and The Birthday Curse and Penelope and The Ghost's Treasure landed me an agent and eventually got published a few years back. I later added Penelope and The Movie Star and Penelope and The Christmas Spirit. I had one grandmother who wrote and told me she reads the Christmas story every holiday to her grand kids.
I wrote Claws of the Griffin around 2010. This was my first foray into a Southern Murder Mystery. Basically a rich playboy goes to poor rural South and gets involved with an ill-tempered moonshiner, power-hungry business man, love-starved country girl, lustful trophy wife, lady sheriff, clever country boy, and psychopathic killer. I wrote the story to be a fast past who-done-it which should keep you guessing until the end.
My next published book is Strigoi, The Blood Bond. This one is still a murder mystery in a paranormal/horror setting. Alex Regal finds himself trapped in a town run by a vampire. Finding the killer of his "cousin" is the only way he can escape. This one has werewolves, a ghost and lots of chilling action. Yep, I betcha don't guess who the killer is in this one either.
So what's coming up? March of 2015 my latest novel is due out from Champagne Books. This one has a down and out investigative reporter, a mentally disturbed psychic and Goth type girl who may be a witch on a cold case murder, trying to find the killer and solve the disappearance of her daughter. The book is tentatively titled The Witch's Daughter. Stay tuned and I will let you know more about it debut.
That is my writing life from start to finish with some stops in-between. I have no regrets, except that I didn't start writing sooner. I wonder how my life would have turned out if I'd kept writing as a teen. I'm back on track and loving the literary scene.