The "Quick Guide to Coin Collecting" came about after many years of collecting and thousands of conversations with other collectors around the world about the problems and challenges we all had with the hobby. Those conversations became the genesis of the book and it spiraled out of control from there. The coin hobby is a passion that I enjoy, it takes my mind off the day to day minutiae that tries to overwhelm us all at times. The book itself is a collective of all the ideas from those conversations to make the coin collecting hobby easier to understand and enjoy for everyone.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in a small town in southeast Kansas you quickly learn that everyone knows you and your business. Rumors about the neighbors and friends abounded to trigger my curiosity. That curiosity triggered my imagination and I couldn't resist writing them down. Those imaginings always led to bigger and better stories!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting the story out of my head and seeing it come to life. Honestly, like a lot of writers I have a lot of stories roaming around in the space between my ears and writing is the tool that gets them out of my head. Beyond that, and more importantly, I like sharing the ideas, some funny, because I'm sure I'm not the only that thinks the way I do, right? Anyone, right?
What are you working on next?
A mystery/thriller about the coin counterfeiting world.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Our dogs. We have 3 Westies and they start waking us up around 6 every morning, ready to play, chase squirrels and bark. Mostly bark. Oh wait, I was supposed to say something insightful for this question, wasn't I? Seriously, I enjoy seeing people smile, laugh or go hmmm, I know just what you mean. I spent 30+ years in the tech world and by the end it wasn't fun anymore. Time for a change! Do what you love as you have the ability to do and embrace the miracles of the world as they are shown to you.
What do you read for pleasure?
A lot of different stuff. By far my favorite book is King's "The Stand." But I enjoy mysteries, sci-fi, military action, coming of age. There are so many good storytellers it's hard to pick just one genre, at least for me it is, so I try not to limit myself but look for interesting story lines and see where the author takes it.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My Kindle, but I also read on an iPad and phone when we're on the road.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending time with my wife, puttering around the yard and garden, walking the dogs, going for a ride in the country, watching F1 racing, spoiling the grand kids then sending them home to their parents, throw in a little amateur acting and visiting with friends, it's a satisfying lifestyle.
Describe your desk
Ha! My desk is a cluttered mess, most of the time. Coins, papers, magnifiers and books all compete for space leaving me just a tiny bit of room at the laptop. There are scribbled notes all over the place. I'm sure you'd have a field day analyzing me after you saw my filing system!
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