I read hundreds of science fiction books in my youth. Since then I've read many other types of novels; detective stories, mysteries, adventure stories, humor, and sea stories, most written in the first half of the 20th century. All these different types of stories have shaped the stories I now write.
My long space opera/planetary romance, “The Bright Black Sea” and “The Lost Star's Sea” borrow their themes from my fond memories of those early science fiction stories, and, as I've come to realize, from Edgar Rice Burroughs in particular. Their story style, however, reflects the adventure stories of the late Victorian and Edwardian age, by the likes of H Rider Haggard and the sea stories of C J Cutcliffe Hyne and Guy Gilpatric.
“A Summer In Amber” draws its inspiration from the Scottish stories of John Bucham and Compton Mackenzie, as well as Downton Abbey.
“Some Day Days,” it's a rather experimental romance whose perigee is far from clear, even to me.
My newest novel, "Beneath the Lanterns," was written as a fantasy adventure. However, its primary fantasy element is that it is set in an imaginary land, and so it can also be read as a straight adventure or even as science fiction, since it has a science fiction backstory.
What all these stories have it common is that they are stories written the way I enjoy my fiction – lighthearted, character-driven stories with danger, adventure, humor and a bit of romance told from the “ground level” of first person narratives.
As for me, well, I've lived a very ordinary life. One wife, two grown children, a couple of grandchildren, no dogs, no cats, one car and a house in a small Midwest town. Besides writing for a couple of hours each morning, I paint impressionist paintings,
( http://litka.deviantart.com/ ) put several thousand miles on my bike each year, putter around the yard in summer and the web in winter.