Blake grew up just south of Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he spent his spare time in his World War Two Willys jeep exploring the desert. When he could, he sat with the old timers and listened to their tales of Geronimo, Cochise, Pancho Villa, and Billy the Kid. His love and respect for the desert weaves through his stories.
An avid reader, Heitzman is influenced by his favorite writers: Stephen King, H.G. Wells, Bradbury, Vonnegut, Michael Crichton and Tony Hillerman.
A licensed Professional Engineer in the State of California with Masters of Science Degrees in Energy Conversion and Urban Planning as well as experience as a college math instructor, Blake includes a dash of science and technology, along with a smattering of history and paranormal topics in his writing. Blake is a member of Tau Beta Pi and Pi Tau Sigma, national engineering honorary societies.
He is currently writing The Shaman Gene series, the story of Earth’s rise to join galactic society. "A Far Traveler", is the first in the series. Two more novels: Panther Watches and Seekers of the Scroll are in draft.
You can read more and comment at Blake’s website: www.shamangene.com/BLOG
Blake is member of Tri Valley Writers Club.