I read hundreds of science fiction books in my youth – half a century ago – but not so many since then. I did, however, read hundreds of other types of novels, detective stories, mysteries, adventure stories, humor, and sea stories, most written in the first half of the 20th century. Since I have no formal training in writing, the stories I've read are the basis for the stories I've written.
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. 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, put several thousand miles on my bike each year, putter around the yard in summer and the web in winter.
on Sep. 16, 2017 :
Extremely well written story. I can usually stop reading a book to do other things, but this one makes that hard to do.
I also thank you for putting these up.
(review of free book)
on July 20, 2017 :
I loved this book. I wish I found the first in the series before I started this one. I recommend doing that, since the story telling and characters are worth it. It is NOT needed to read this follow up. Thank you for putting this online.
(review of free book)