Who Am I?
I have stood on the Temple of Kukulcan in Chichen Itza.
I have dove through the second class swimming pool of the Bianca C.
I have descended into the burial chamber of the Red Pyramid in the Dahshur necropolis.
I have bought spices in a Doha souk.
I have watched the sun set in Bodø.
I have climbed Mount Etna in Sicily.
I have skied the Austrian Alps.
In many ways I think I missed my time. In the eighteenth century I would have been an explorer charting the unknown. I have traveled the world and still love to investigate the recesses of this big blue sphere we call home.
In my life, I've served in the Artillery and Air Force. I participated in the Persian Gulf War and several NATO Peacekeeping missions. I am a Master SCUBA Diver and Divemaster with just over 500 dives to my credit. Bringing those experiences to my novels does help to flesh out my characters and I hope it makes them more interesting and believable.
Writing is something I have always loved, but never thought I had time for. I felt the same way about learning to SCUBA dive and Ball Room dancing. After achieving those two personal goals, I knew it was time to try and get the stories I have carried in my head for years onto paper.
I have always felt that the story should come first. I try not to use excessive violence, sex, or profanity. I simply let the story flow and hope it appeals to the reader. I write these tales for myself first and foremost. If others enjoy them as well, then so much the better.
My favorite books of all time are from Bernard Cornwell, the Sharpe series. One of his inspirational quotes is at the bottom of this column. It was the turning point for me and it forced me to start taking this whole writing thing seriously. Not easy when you have a full time job to contend with, but you have to start somewhere.
I began with Predation. I forced myself to do at least one page a day (and I usually achieved more than that) regardless of my obligations. While that resulted in a couple of late nights I did eventually finish and my journey as an aspiring author began. Like most things, writing gets easier the more you write.
Having approached roughly seventy-five traditional agents / publishers with my manuscripts and getting nowhere, I decided to try self-publication. My long time friend and fellow author Keith C. Blackmore had taken this route long before me and acted as a great guide as he had "Been there and done that".
I read everything I could find about getting published and now here I am. As I write this I have two published novels with several more on the way.
"In the end you have to write the book. Do it, remember that everyone began just like you, sitting at a table and secretly doubting that they would ever finish the task. But keep at it. A page a day and you’ve written a book in a year!"
- Bernard Cornwell
A Promise to my Readers
I want to have the best possible books out there and use professional editing, proof reading, and cover design services. However, no system is 100% accurate, 100% of the time. I ask that if you ever find a spelling, grammar, or composition error in any of my novels please use the contact form on this site and tell us what or where it is. They shall be corrected and the amended version released as soon as practicable.