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New Mexico born and raised, with stops along the way in Glenwood Springs, CO, Aspen, Ogden, UT, Denver & Sterling, CO and finally Nashville, actually Goodlettsville, TN. Retired from a career in Insurance and Finance, now Carl spends time "butchering wood, spinning yarns, pointing out the smartest, best looking grandkids around while, making music, enchiladas and trouble. "Writing is something I have to do" be it songs/poetry on scraps of paper left here and there or books lacking a few chapters or a real edit. I never run out of words.... written ones anyway. It's the ideas that count, and the story and characters from those idea's played out in prose. A beginning, a middle and an end, now that's the hard part.
I love quirky characters, female heroines, good vs evil and animals. A few of my favorite authors and writers
Charles Dickens,Fyodor Dostoevsky, J.R.R. Tolkien, Leo Tolstoy, Ernest Hemingway, Jane Austen, George Orwell
John Steinbeck, Mark Twain. James Joyce. C.S. Lewis.
And; Alexandre Dumas, Edgar Allan Poe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Oscar Wilde, Kurt Vonnegut, Franz Kafka
J.K. Rowling, William Faulkner, Stephen King, Stieg Larsson,
John Locke, Sara Gruen, J. Carson Black, Gabriel Garcia Marquez ,,J.D. Salinger, Homer, Victor Hugo, Charlotte Bronte, Agatha Christie, Ayn Rand, Robert Louis Stevenson
Virginia Woolf, Albert Camus, Douglas Adams, Thomas Hardy, Dean Koontz, Michael Crighton, Herman Melville
Dante Alighieri, Harper Lee, Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac
Emily Bronte, Marcel Proust, Jules Verne, W. Somerset Maugham, Roald Dahl, Philip Pullman, Aldous Huxley
Anton Chekhov, Jack London, H. G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Terry Pratchett, Ray Bradbury, Paulo Coelho
John Milton, Henry Miller, ....whew...Dr. Seuss, George Eliot
Jodi Picoult, Khalid Hosseini, Hunter S. Thompson
John Grisham, Henry David Thoreau, Ian McEwan
Joseph Heller, John Irving, H.P. Lovecraft, Taylor Caldwell,
Salman Rushdie, Plato, Isaac Asimov, Thomas Mann
Nicholas Sparks, Rudyard Kipling, Bram Stoker
Nathaniel Hawthorne, I think I'm repeating some, Graham Greene, D. H. Lawrence, Friedrich Nietzsche, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Dan Brown, Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood
Emily Dickinson, Maggie Osbourn, Zecharia Sitchin, Jean M. Auel, Clive Barker, and 100s more, I hope, before my eyes or my mind close.