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Originally from central California, I successfully made the transition to Colorado in 1981, and have remained here ever since.
I first began writing fiction in 1997 while on a bowhunting trip to the Sangre De Cristo Mountains of beautiful central Colorado. The desire to write that initial novel just kinda flared up after having read a few books by Author/Evangelist, Al Lacy. I wrote that first novel, MUSTANG JUSTICE, on a notepad with a pencil (well...a few pencils really). After receiving the usual rave reviews from the wife and family, I decided that I was a writer and steadfastly began entering it into the computer.
The next logical step was to have someone other than family read it. Boy, did that ever turn into a chore. Although that person liked it as well, her initial reaction was: 'Where did these people come from?' That question was answered satisfactorily after completing what had began as a tedious task at best, but quickly transformed itself into the exciting and joyous experience of writing the first three books in the Arkansas Valley Series: TOWARD A NEW BEGINNING, UNCERTAIN TIMES and SHATTERED DREAMS; MUSTANG JUSTICE turned out to be the fourth in the series.
Of course this entire endeavor had to have been Al Lacy's fault, because he lit a fire somewhere deep inside my soul after having consented to going to lunch with me and allowing me to pick his brain.
One thing led to another and I was eventually able to self-publish TOWARD A NEW BEGINNING, which was not only the first self-published work to become a finalist for the prestigious Christy Award, but won the 2003 award for 'Excellence In Christian Fiction'. Note: Mr. Lacy graciously wrote the introduction for that book.
Since then, I have written an additional nineteen books.
I am currently immersed in writing a new series of fact-based, historical, Christian Westerns, titled: SETTLERS OF SOUTH PARK (that's in Colorado). The first three books, A DREAM FULFILLED, DIVINE DISCOVERY and TURMOIL have been completed and are now available for your enjoyment. The fourth (which as yet remains untitled) is currently being written and will become available in the Spring of 2014.
With that in mind, let it be said that my genre interests are not entirely limited to Christian Westerns. I have additionally written books in such genres as: Adventure, Sports (baseball), Civil War, Gold Mining, and other topics as the urge strikes me. So far my interests have been strictly fiction and will continue to be for the forseeable future.
Back in the day, I served five and a half years in the US Air Force, as a jet fighter mechanic, during the Vietnam conflict.
My wife of many years and I have five wonderful daughters and seven, count 'em, seven grandchildren. We now reside in Widefield, Colorado, with one of our grandsons, whom we adopted.
I am now mostly retired but for the past six years I have been driving a school bus for a school district in Colorado Springs. I have at times heard it said that that is 'The toughest job in the world.' As yet I have been unable to come up with a single viable argument to the contrary.
Please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns or suggestions. I truly hope my work brings a little bit of joy into your life, but you may have to wipe away a tear from time to time in order to get there.