I'm a Chicago native that has driven from coast to coast three times, (living in many places in between) and finally anchored in Tennessee. I served in the United States Navy as a hospital corpsman, (medic), and did a three year tour with the United States Marine Corps as a combat trained medic. After the service, I pursued a retail career and have been constantly involved with that in one capacity or another, (mainly store manager or district manager), and even tried my own personalized products business for a few years. I've always enjoyed writing, but my job and family always seemed to consume most of my time. One day I added novel publication to my bucket list, and shortly thereafter I dedicated myself to writing on a daily basis and have been doing so ever since. My first story was actually published in Evergreen magazine as a non-fiction piece about 20 years ago. I've also dabbled with poetry, but nothing too serious.