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I am told I didn’t start talking till I was three. Presumably, I was waiting until I had something to say. Further family tradition holds that I haven’t stopped since.
Somewhere in the elementary school years I decided I’d be a novelist when I grew up. Some decades later, that’s still the plan. But along the way I have been a zookeeper, a bookkeeper, a waiter. For one stint I took blood pressure door-to-door in Burbank, California. Tried college briefly but it wasn’t a comfortable fit. Managed a commercial photography studio. Landed in a grown-up job—later than most—as a technical editor and writer in environmental consulting.
In this corporate environment—my current incarnation (that is, my day job)—I continue to fear that someone will discover my true identity and expose me for the impostor I am.
Between Trains is my debut novel. My next work, a science fiction trilogy with the working title Dreamers of the Day, is in queue for its final edit.
I live with my wife, Dana (the love of my life, and therein lies another story, yet to be written), her horse, and several cats in Rescue, California.
on Sep. 29, 2013 :
I raced through reading this book, and waited a bit for it to perk through my mind before writing a review. It does stay in your mind, due to excellent writing and characters that you wish you could meet. I struggled a bit at first with the seemingly simple motive of the main character, but soon found myself lost in the world created by the author. He writes in such detail about locations and characters that you are transported to the world, even experiencing the smells and sounds of a location. There is one character that I found myself hoping would return to the story, just so I could spend more time with her. This is not a spoiler review, just one note; you'll find the ending stays with you and leaves you pondering the possibilities of a sequel. I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a well-crafted novel executed with excellent prose and plot twists. Oh yeah, humor too.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on June 24, 2013 :
Really great book. Characters that I won't soon forget.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)