I was born and raised in rural Western New York. Happily married to my wife Catherine for forty-four years, we have three children and eight grandchildren. I'm retired after thirty-eight years of government service. My inspiration for writing the novel Bring Me a Bluebird was something my grandmother had told me almost sixty years ago. She'd said, when you see a bluebird, it means good luck. Fate has continually dealt the primary character in this novel a losing hand. He'll make his own luck!