I was born and raised in Decatur, Illinois, but moved to the Moweaqua area around 1991. I like small towns and rural settings, as does my wife of thirty-five years, Barbara. We have two grown children, John and Anna to whom I dedicated my first book, The First Suitor. I started writing about fifteen years ago as a diversion from my regular job as an attorney. At that time I had been practicing law in Central Illinois for about fifteen years and was looking for another avenue to exercise my writing and organizational skills. Now after thirty years of practicing law I would like to write full time, but yet I find myself full time in the law and part time in writing. I enjoy telling stories and some would say that all lawyers are born fiction writers, because fiction is all they write in the first place. I have to admit that there is some truth to that.
I have had five books published with Wings ePress, Inc., and more manuscripts in the works. I recently started the process of removing all of my books from Wings and putting them on Amazon in Kindle format and other digital sites. In the future I plan to publish all of my books in ebook format on various sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Some new books will be going up soon, too.
Recently I have retired from the private practice of law and have relocated to Louisville, Kentucky.
I try to draw on my experiences in the practice of law and my life experiences in general to give realism to my stories and characters. In the 1970s I served in the U.S. Army as a Military Policeman and in the late '80s, I was a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, Army National Guard. I have been to Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, and many of the United States. I like to work the settings of the places I've been and things I've done into my stories. I write romance into almost every book, but it isn't always the main theme and it is never explicit or vulgar.
I am foremost and always an entertainer and that is why I write fiction, but I try to make it real and believable as well as entertaining.
on Jan. 20, 2014 :
President Joshua Ballinger (sailor) sat on the bench near the Atlantic Ocean. At times there was lots of violent storms. Joshua lived on the small island of Keykan. The Minister of Commerce, & member of the parliament Caleb came to tell him the plane was ready for take-off. Joshua son/boat was lost somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean. Mike Maltby from Washington D/C was going to Keykan to visit with Joshua about the destructive storms. Mike calls Dan Bonnard (astronomer) suggest Satellite Integrated Guidance System (SIGS). Next Keykan will need a directional transmitter, & a mainframe computer to store the charts, data & calculate the positions. Mike next calls William Donaldson (Secretary of State Office).
Will the island of Keykan improve their storm warning system?
Quite the delightful heartwarming short story. Very easy for me to rate it at 5 stars.
Thanks you for the free book
Tony Parsons MSW (Washburn)
(review of free book)