Edward's childhood was during the race to the moon, living so close to Cape Kennedy that the windows rattled upon lift-off of the Apollo spacecraft. He left home at age eighteen and joined the Navy where he traveled around the world for the next five years. He grew-up quickly. Upon honorable discharge from active duty, he pursued advanced study in Economics at Florida State University. Ten years later, he would study Computer Information Systems at the University of Tampa, finishing just in time for Y2K.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
My bio kind of mentions where I grew up...near the Kennedy Space Center on Merritt Island. The 1960's, what a great time to have lived there. We were going to the moon...exciting. It looked nothing like what Hollywood showed everyone on "I Dream Of Jeannie". Obviously, "The Prodigal Planet" was heavily inspired by my exposure to our space program, but it included the fusion of my Christian faith as well. "The Building Of Joe" injects divine intervention and God's providence at the beginning of the story...but "Control Freaks", taking place thirty years from now in the United States, leans on science fiction, social commentary, and the plight of Believers as influenced by events in the news today.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's about our future as I see it developing on the present course. I'm an optimistic person by nature...but the outlook appears to be rather gloomy on the whole. Being a Christian, I know these things are going to happen; it is how the end of the End Times ends. But I find solace in my faith...and want to bring as many with me down the narrow path as is possible. Hopefully, my stories will help some in that aspect. The story I'm finishing-up is called "Control Freaks" and takes place about 30 years from now. The main character is like a modern St. Paul, once a persecutor of the Church, but becomes a staunch defender.
Fast-forward to the year 2042, Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. It is a time of invisible suits, designer babies, the new nation of Texas and Sal Grimaldi, the pistol-packing saint of the Underground Church.
How would you feel if you "discovered" Earth?
For over eighty years, Earth has been sending-out its radio and television signals into deep space as a by-product of modern life. These transmissions are now beginning to find a new audience…and that alien audience is shaken by them. Discover how these signals change their planet...and the consequences this has for Earth.