Master of Arts
Indiana University, 2010
Thesis: THE HARD-BOILED DETECTIVE: PERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND THE PURSUIT OF REDEMPTION
Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineer
University of Michigan, 1984
After graduating from U of M, I took a job in the aerospace industry, in which I still work. I had always dabbled with writing fiction until about ten years ago when I decided to really start learning how to construct stories. Putting a story together, whether written, spoken, sung or on the movie screen is not a random act; it requires attention to both content and presentation. These are the things I hoped to learn and apply by going back to school and seeking out professionals in this vocation. Although I will not claim to come anywhere close to completely understanding the art of storytelling, further learning convinced me that a little education is a wonderful thing.
The choice of my Masters thesis came from a belief that novels have been and continue to be a force in our culture. One does not have to dig too far to see this. I gravitated to detective fiction because this is a very matter of fact narrative form, and if done correctly does not trick the reader. The themes from the best of this genre are provocative and resonate beyond the era in which they were produced. My hope is that readers will read not only for entertainment, but also to learn and ask further questions about why we are what we are.
on Dec. 10, 2013 :
Well written book. Especially liked the way the start and end of the story linked in so well and illustrated the change bought about by events in the story. Its rare to find a book so eloquently ended.
(review of free book)