American by birth, Southern Gentleman by the grace of God Almighty. Grew up in a variety of states and countries, speaking extra languages. By the time I started college they blended into one unintelligible mess. I have several college degrees. I am an outdoor writer and avid photographer, novelist and technical writer. I have ghost written three novels now. (shhh don't tell anyone I'm a ghost.) I was greatly alarmed to learn that one of my favorite authors is actually a team of Ghosts.
I have published in magazines on 3 continents, not so much a big deal unless you've never heard of someone doing that, then it sounds super-hero kind of cool. I try to make sure that everything I write is suitable for for older teens to read. Profanity, sex and excessive violence have ruined many really good stories unnecessarily.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I began reading for entertainment when I was around 13 years old. It started with Sci-Fi and Fantasy. Piers Anthony quickly became my favorite author and I've read everything he ever wrote and published. I later became a fan of "true crime" types of reads or those that were much more than fantasy. Harlen Coben, Stuart Wood, and John Patterson filled that niche, among others, and my goal has been to read everything written by them as well. Now that I'm in my middle age, I will read anything that can snag me in the first ten pages. If not, I won't continue.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything as long as it can capture my interest in the first ten pages. I prefer not to read satanistic horror or porn. My current favorites are the Steven King DRAMAS, not horrors. He's a brilliant dramatic writer.
Theo, a turn of the century, South Carolina Preacher's son came from barely anything. Eldred, raised by share cropper parents, came from even less. Their paths overlapped for decades until one ended up dead along a deserted road and the other was sentenced to 99 years in the Tennessee State Prison.