Have been a professional writer of science fiction, mysteries and "techno-thrillers" since the 70's, and served as an Army reporter in Vietnam. I have five previous novels published, "Houndstooth" and "A Game of Titans" in hardcovers by Prentice-Hall with foreign editions in Great Britain and Japan, and "The Gods of Cerus Major" in hardcover by Doubleday, and original paperbacks "Morlac: The Quest of the Green Magician" and "Death Hunt on a Dying Planet" by Signet/New American Library. Also a number of stories published in magazines and anthologies, and more than 900 newspaper articles in Community Newspapers.
When did you first start writing?
I can honestly say that I began writing as a small child. Even before I could put actual words to paper, I was using my imagination to create ideas, plots, settings, scenarios and mini-adventures. As an only child in a neighborhood with few other children, my "playtime" often revolved around letting my imagination roam, inspired by the things around me, and thinking "what if...?" I can vividly recall sitting on the floor with paper and scissors, a stapler, pencils, pens and crayons, and making my own little "magazines" and filling them with simple content. I think sometimes there is truth to the saying that some people are born writers, and in my case that seems to fit. An interest in art developed simultaneously, and each fueled the other.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest completed book is "Perseverance Triumphant!", which is a Steampunk (Victorian Science Fiction) adventure. Set in an alternate history version of Victorian England in which, due to the "timely" intervention of famed inventor and genius Nikola Tesla, many futuristic elements become merged with the romantic past of that period. It's a fast-paced, sometimes tongue-in-cheek adventure with the accent on fun. The book is really a "novelization" (novella length) of a screenplay I wrote first that came about in a most unusual way. I woke up one morning obsessed with the idea of making a Steampunk costume for myself. A costume required a persona, so during breakfast and for the next hour or so after I worked on “imagineering” who the character would be. Since I decided on a captain of a steam powered starship, I started working out details of the ship, how it would work, how it was built, who the crew members would be, how they would communicate with Earth while in space, how the robots would work. And a villain! I needed an interesting villain and his nefarious allies. Before long I realized that I had created enough material not just for a persona and costume, but for an entire story. I launched into it and wrote a two hour movie screenplay first, which my agent is showing around Hollywood, and then a novella length eBook based on that. And all because I wanted to make a costume!
Aggie & Agent X - The Mandarin Mystery. The second mission for young CIA officer Agnes Westfeld and her alien detective partner, Agent X is a baffling mystery with more danger and excitement than the first. A science fiction mystery with humor, thrills and chills.
Conjured from the sea by the dark magic of the Green Magician to defend their village from invaders, Morlac is a being tormented by his own dual past, and under the spell of the wizard's wicked daughter. Can he save them all...and himself? His journey across exotic lands, armed with his magicked sword “Shark” and his shell shield, is an epic sword and sorcery adventure.
An epic Steampunk adventure.
In 1880 the captain and crew of a steam-powered British starship must battle a deliciously despicable villain, rescue the kidnapped Queen of England and thwart an alien invasion from outer space. Can Star Captain Demetrius Cogswell, Ship's Telepath Lady Elidora Thistle and the crew of the HMS Perseverance save England, Earth and the rest of the solar system?
A rookie CIA officer is teamed up with a partner who is...out of this world! This quirky and often funny blend of sci-fi, espionage, mystery and old movie atmosphere should appeal to fans of all of those genres and more.
Houndstooth set the stage for techno-thriller novels that would follow a decade or more later. It’s the story of a special German Shepherd dog, "Major," part of an Army dog handling experiment using a micro brain implant linked to computers and satellite relays to allow a remote handler to see what the dog is seeing and send him commands. Major is sent on an emergency spy mission deep into Russia.
Two time-traveling special agents and a feisty young lady pirate captain join forces in 1717 to prevent the course of history from being changed. This science fiction adventure comedy adds a new twist to pirate lore.
A Collection of Dark Fantasy Tales. An unsolved murder on a seductive resort island with brooding secrets....a mechanical movie prop intended to help create a dream on film, but instead becomes part of a nightmare for those involved....an odd alliance between a priest and a vampire....a modern day meeting with the Phantom of the Opera....tales of ghosts and monsters and otherworldly encounters.
A humorous fantasy short story set during the American Civil War about a hapless Irishman who is pressed into service and must call upon supernatural help, and his own wits, to survive a pending major battle and the war.
A supernatural suspense novel. When New England antiques dealer Annie McCormick sells a religious relic to a new museum on Jarritt's Island and its charming owner Curt Devereaux, she could not be happier. But when Annie learns the ghostly secret of the old mansion-turned-museum, her dream adventure becomes a nightmare that puts her life...her very soul...at risk!
A wonderful historical mystery!
Join President Grover Cleveland and his young bride as their resort honeymoon is interrupted by murder and intrigue, forcing the appealing couple to become detectives and solve the crime!
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