My desk consists of a mouse, keyboard, a 24" monitor and speakers. My printer is on a side table and my laptop is under it, ulness I'm traveling. I try to avoid paper whenever possible. I back up everything.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Dayton, Ohio's northern-most suburb, Piqua, a small city of about 20,000 people. My father and maternal grandfather were the people most influencial in my life growing up. I received an extraordinary education from the dedicated nuns and lay teachers at Piqua Catholic High School. Three nuns influenced three aspects of my life: Sister Amadeus - science; Sister Walburga (now Sister Helen) - math and underlying order to reality; Sister Rosaire (now Sister Virginia) - writing. I was lucky to find a brilliant major professor in grad school, Professor C. G. (Chris) Enke, who was doing ground-breaking research on the use of computers in R&D. Chris was also one of the most influential people in my life, along with Herb Beckert, the father of a long-time friend.
When did you first start writing?
Very early on in grade school. I had a burning desire to tell stories. Writing was always a pleasure for me, and thanks to excellent teachers in grade school, high school, and early in college, I became a solid, well-trained writer.
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