The only thing I ever anticipated writing was policies and procedures related to whatever job I currently held. I'm convinced now the Lord had other plans. As 2011 gave way to 2012 I began to ‘see’ characters in my mind’s eye. Definitely a new experience for me. When they wouldn’t leave me alone, I began to write down in a spiral notebook who they were—what they looked like, where they came from, where they worked and lived—everything about their lives just seemed to flow out. After several characters had illuminated themselves, I began to think about writing a book chronicling their lives, their adventures and their faith. In February of that year my wife, Joyce, and I went to visit missionary friends who established Fields of the Fatherless Ministry in Uruguay (fieldsofthefatherless.org). Leaving my everyday world behind to help on the ministry’s farm gave me time to stop and listen. By the time we returned home, I was certain the Lord was telling me to do something with all those characters roaming freely in my mind. Then came the story; unlike anything I'm accustomed to reading. When people would ask me to describe it (what genre), the best description I could come up with was, "It's a Christian romance, adventure, mystery kind of thingy.” All I knew was I needed to write. So, I left my job in the spring and entered into a “Year of Jubilee”—a year dedicated to serving the Lord with my writing. Since then I've written and published The Key, Book One of “The Peacemakers Series” as an eBook. The second in the series, They Sow the Wind is scheduled for publication in August. Drafts for the third and fourth books are in the wings.
Undergraduate and graduate studies in criminal justice, as well as a twenty- three-year career in a state prison give the background for some of my stories. I am a licensed, ordained minister and have had several opportunities to work in ministry, both part-time and full-time. I rely heavily on this wealth of real world experiences in developing my characters and their lives. Joyce and I live in Georgetown, Texas where we share our home with my elderly mother, and Mittens, our cat. Five children and eight grandchildren are scattered from South Korea to North Carolina.