A retired commercial helicopter pilot, I returned to college late to finish a long-delayed degree. I graduated from The Ohio State University in June 2012 at age 63 with a Bachelors in English. I'm the 2012 winner of the Bailey Prize for prose for my essay titled Lift Off. The prize-winning story is in the 2012 edition of The Chrysalis Reader. Other publication credits are listed on my website.
I'm married to my best friend, Mariah, who happens to be my best editor, too. Three daughters and a terrific young grandson. I live and write in Columbus Ohio.
When did you first start writing?
Shortly after birth, I think. I’m second of ten, so I couldn’t get a word in edgewise around the dinner table, a place where concentration was required lest hunger follow. I’ve written as a long as I remember.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Sky Behind Me, a Memoir of Flying and Life--available at Amazon in paper and Smashwords as an E-book, is memoir based on my forty year career in commercial aviation. I lost my childhood dream to be a priest. A priest took advantage of me for his own perverse pleasure and I was forced out of the seminary. I got drafted out of college, went to Army flight school and flew Hueys in Vietnam for the 101st Airborne Division. After the war I found a commercial career flying helicopters all over the world. Aviation was a replacement dream come true, and a way for me to recapture a long-lost desire to help people when they most needed help. The book’s tag line is: “The heart of a man can want no more than this.” I had a marvelous life in the sky doing the work I dreamed of as a child, while soaring in a very different way than I anticipated.