I write about a future with endless wonders and fantastic technologies. Places where fulfilling lives are ahead for anyone brave enough to dream of greater things to come.
I wrote my first short story, that was not a homework assignment, at the age of 10. Most likely it was the result of growing up as a "Base Brat" courtesy of the USAF. I always had a different outlook on things.
I have lived in the following States of the USA: VA, TN, MT, MS, IL, TX and have visited about 35 or so of the other States. I have also lived in Okinawa, Kuwait, Vietnam, Puerto Rico, Cuba and Saudi Arabia.
My most memorable vocations have been; US Marine, Radiochemist and Chemistry Shift Supervisor.
My hobbies are also quite diverse; Amateur Astronomy, Astrophotography, Philately, Numismatics and Amateur Philosophy (I say what I think).
I live with my wife Patricia, and my imaginary time machine in Rock Spring, Georgia.
Look for my second novel Earth Steps Forth-Power of the Cross early 2018.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
As a boy, I lived in various locations in America, but my greatest influences growing up were Langley AFB Virginia, Malmstrom AFB Montana, Keesler AFB Mississippi, Chanute AFB Illinois, and Dyess AFB, Texas. I am one of two kids of an Air Force Sergeant. Having to follow a sergeant's orders daily for 19 years was bound to have bred a slight disdain for authority and probably explains my rebellious, independent nature. The South's love of being left alone and the West's tremendous cowboy self-reliance have had there influences as well. I have always tried to do things my way, whether it was right or wrong. Sometimes, even if I knew it was wrong, I still did it my way. This is sure to have reared its ugly head in my short stories and novels. I like to make fun of abusive authoritarians in my writings, but I try to disguise them so my readers get a chance to become part of the story a little by digging out a former boss as one of my disgusting sentient beasts or an ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend or colleague.
When did you first start writing?
The first short story I wrote for just my pleasure alone, discounting school assignments, was when I was about 10. It was a war story, but even while I was writing I realized I knew totally zero about war. Still, I was not discouraged. I faked all of it and I'm sure it was pathetic and juvenile, but after all it was fiction, right? My dad chuckled at it and my mom said she loved it. I just knew I was going to be a best selling novelist before high school.
A man fades in and out of sight standing right next to people. They can hear his voice but can't see him. His wife is so terrified by it she tells him to never come back. He must struggle to avoid being nabbed by police, so he can solve this mysterious phenomenon before he is dissected to see what makes him tick. But that's the least of his problems.
A postgraduate student working on a doctorate in Exobiology is sent to a backwater planet. No one has been to the planet in over two centuries and the older records are not always reliable. It is cataloged as unclaimed and safe, but the truth is always elusive.
Can anyone say no to a young lady asking for help? Especially a young lady as beautiful, intelligent and engaging as Suszaja. Neither could the crew of the Oberlux, but do they understand the consequences of their decision?
How I Saved Humankind
on Feb. 05, 2013
I liked this short story by Debra Kraft. It is original and quite a different take on what did or did not happen on the once afeard December 21, 2012. Give it a read. It's free, worth the 5 mins. it takes to read it and you might want to thank Debra, after all.
Planet Amazon the Rebirth Part 1
on March 12, 2013
What a fantastic read; Amazon women, male slaves, fights to the death, kings, queens, ancient technology, warring planets, spaceships, romance, and an earthly heroine. Now I ask you, what more do you want? This scifi fantasy novel has everything! I found the role reversals intriguing. Everyone knows the Amazons were a society controlled by women, but have you ever wondered why?
Well, I'll tell you.
Whoops, no I won't or Crystal Dawn the author will get me. But this novel gets to the answer in a wonderfully enchanting way. Every page is packed with plenty of action. I found myself immersed in a womanly dominated world of literally fighting for one's mate, but with a charm that seemed magical. Any reader of fantasy or science fiction will love this story.
Kim Hyejin (Something Super)
on Sep. 16, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this short story. Although fiction, I hope, it is very thought provoking. We Americans study very little about Korea, North or South in our daily lives. I think everyone may want to change that attitude.
Herbies Short Musings
on Oct. 07, 2013
I liked these four musings. Herb has written about what every one of us has wanted to do at some time or another, but didn't have the bravado to do. He does it very, very well here. Excellent read.
Old Mr Bitterman: Criminally Insane
on Oct. 09, 2013
A fluent painting of prose with an exquisite dabbling of just the right metaphor at the appropriate time and place.
In others words... I loved it.
This is a real treat by an author with a mighty talent. If you read this you will not be disappointed.
I do not have a characteristic affinity for this genre, but the irony of the cover intrigued me.