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Coming from a small town in the Midwest, the author used the Navy as a stepping stone to college in California where he got a degree from the California State University, Chico. During his first two years of college, he majored in Journalism where he learned the fine art of journalistic writing. He had a dream of traveling the world photographing and writing about current breaking events. Although the dream lives on, the photography and the writing have become more of a hobby than a career. That window of opportunity is gone, but the joy of writing remains strong. As is usually the case, life got in the way and he ended up getting a degree in a field totally unrelated to writing or photography. He changed the focus of his studies and earned a degree in Psychology. The bulk of his career was spent working in the California Department of Mental Health where he worked in various capacities ranging from a psychiatric nurse to the Hospital Administrator of one of the state hospitals. That is where his creative writing skills were really put to the test.
Looking back over the course of his career, the single most important element that stands above all others is his ability to write effectively. Being an avid reader, he read work related journals and scholarly books on treating the psychiatric patient, but he also read the entire works of authors such as Dean Koontz and John Grisham. He marveled at their ability to weave an engaging story. It was only through the encouragement of friends that he set out to write a book of his own.
The author has recently moved to Fort Myers Florida where he lives a quiet life. The first book by this author is entitled: The Cemetery At The End of Harvey Road. The story sprang from a single experience from his college days in Northern California, an episode late one night on a lonely road leading to the cemetery at the end of Harvey Road. With a friend, he encountered a dark shadowy figure with a gun blocking their passage on the road. From that single experience, this book seemed to write itself. There were times when he wondered who was in control of the story. He seemed but a conduit to ensure the story made it to paper. The story took on a life of its own and controlled the many twists and turns leading to its inevitable conclusion.
The author has since completed a second book which he feels is better crafted then the first one. The second book entitled Breaking Point follows the lives of four people who are on a path that will define the rest of their lives.. Everyone has a breaking point. What is yours?
Both books can be found here. If you, the reader, have comments regarding the books by this author, he can be reached at the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put the book title in the subject line to ensure your comments receive the proper attention and response.
on Sep. 08, 2012 :
This second book is smoother than his Cemetary one. It is more fleshed out and has more substance. It could be improved by some editing but reads well.
I'd like to see him expand on his band of Chico friends as main charaters in a book. That could be interesting.
Look forward to more.
(reviewed long after purchase)