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I live in Thailand with my wife, Uraiwan, four dogs, and granddaughter, Smile, 20 months, in Issan Province where I am writing new books after a marathon 2017-18 when I completed my trilogy and other works.
I retired from teaching in 2013 after 13 years in NYC high schools. In 2004, I took a year off, and wrote at Starbucks in Astor Place every day, substantially writing three books, although two -"The Jack Trilogy" and "Desperate Days" - took years to finish.
Back then, I taught English, Global History, and journalism.
For teachers, both novels would be exceptional cross-curricular choices for English Language Arts and history. (humanities)..
I wrote both works for adults and young adults.
Historical fiction has been my favorite genre since my elementary school years. I still recall being fascinated with the 'World History’ textbooks as early as the 4th or 5th grade. In high school, I was independently reading the great Russian writers. I continued to independently pursue a classical education by reading dozens of the ancient works of Greece and Rome while reading classical philosophers up to the more modern ones.
I studied English and journalism at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where I received BA degrees, received my Master of Science in Literacy at Touro College, Manhattan, and took night classes in European history and French Painting at Harvard.
I spent ten years in Boston-area courts. Those years were a fantastic learning experience. I began in 1980 as the Lowell Sun's court reporter in Cambridge There were nearly 100 prosecutors in the DA's office then. I later took over the Middlesex News Service. Few people see a murder trial gavel to gavel during their lifetime. I saw about 500. Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment and Kafka's The Trial were the inspiration behind those years - amazing what books can do.