I was born into a military family in 1961. My father was serving in the Air Force, stationed at Evreaux, France at the time. I grew up getting looks of disbelief when other kids would ask where I was born. It was a fun topic of conversation, though I’ve never returned to France…nor can I speak French (which was usually the follow-up question once they found out where I was born), despite having taken a year of it in high school and a semester in college.
I’m not sure if a love of reading contributed to my being an introvert or if being an introvert drew me to reading, but as a child I was hooked on reading. I suppose I could have been classified as a nerd because I remember spending hours eagerly flipping through the pages of the volumes of Compton’s Encyclopedias my parents bought when I was in elementary school. I graduated from Dr. Seuss to reading classics like King Arthur, Black Beauty, and The Arabian Knights. I later moved on to the Hardy Boys, The Hobbit, Fellowship of the Rings, and Robert E. Howard’s Conan books. Over the years I never lost my love of reading. In fact it continued to grow as I discovered the wonderful worlds brought to life in Terry Brooks’ Shannara series and the countless other books I read along the way.
When my father retired from the Air Force in 1976, we moved to a little town in Tennessee where my mother grew up—I was in heaven. I was welcomed unconditionally by my new peers. I had gone from an unnoticed shy kid in a huge school to a popular guy (at least by my standards) in a small country school where most of the other kids had grown up together since elementary.
Less than a year after graduating high school, I enlisted in the Air Force myself. During the time that I was in, I found the love of my life who gave me two wonderful sons. I was also able to visit many wonderful places like England, Germany, Norway, and South Korea. In fact, it was while stationed in Korea that I began writing my first fantasy book in my spare time. However, when I realized how much work was involved and how little spare time I actually had, the book was abandoned (I still have the twenty or so pages hidden away in a file waiting for me to get back to them).
When I left the service after nearly thirteen years, I used my military education benefits to get my college degree in teaching. Since that time I have worked both in teaching science and in administration positions in several alternative school settings working primarily with at-risk students. It was during this time that I became determined to fulfill a longtime dream of actually writing a book. After more than ten years of trying to find time for writing, I finally finished my first novel, Paragon: The Propagation, which grew from a seed planted by my college Astronomy professor. It was truly a labor of love—the kind of story that “I” wanted to read.
Now that the boys are grown and married, I live in Florida with my wife, who has managed to put up with me for more than thirty years. We share a home with our miniature schnauzer, Sophie who has lived with us for twelve years. I enjoy reading (of course), riding my motorcycle, camping, and fishing (on occasion) in addition to writing.
I would be greatly honored should you choose to read my book. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Happy reading.