I began my professional career as a U.S. Navy intelligence officer. I spent six years in the Navy, making three tours, including a tour to the middle east in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
I left the Navy at the culmination of that tour, and after a few years in business school, I landed at The Martin Agency, an advertising agency in Richmond, Virginia.
It all seemed like the right trajectory, but, as the story so often goes, the stress of hiding what I went through as a boy eventually caught up with me. So, one day, I walked away from my career and decided to focus on me. (quitting your career is never recommended)
I got a low-stress job and began my recovery, and as I did, I journaled. That work became my first book, Nice To Meet Me, an often humorous and relatable book for anyone who struggles with their past.
So, after a few decades of searching, here I am enjoying a career doing what comes naturally, writing fiction.
I live and write in Richmond, Virginia with my wonderful wife and newborn son.
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Returning Harm is book four in The Cal O'Connor Series (the first book in Season Two). It picks up where Guarding Harm left off, with Cal lying on the motel room carpet with a gun in his mouth. Will he find the courage to manage his fear and shame after what happened at the Levin mansion, or will it all be too much for him to handle?
Welcome to the third book in The Cal O'Connor Series, Guarding Harm! After some time to recover from his injuries, Cal travels to Los Angeles to protect a thirteen-year-old pop diva from the wandering eye of an older man, but as he gets involved, his checkered past is forced to the surface.
The sequel to Saving Chase, Wandering Dagger begins when a boy's body washes up on the banks of the Potomac River showing signs of sexual abuse. This is Cal O'Connor's first assignment as a member of the president's new task force against child predators. The case seems straightforward until they discover the body has two bites from the worlds most venomous spider, the Brazilian Wandering Spider.
Saving Chase is the pulse-pounding story of former covert military operative, Cal O’Connor, as he risks his life to find a man he suspects is a serial pedophile, and save a boy he’s never met.
Nice To Meet Me
Nice To Meet Me is a modern story of perseverance. It is a walk with one man, Chris Carlton, a former U.S. Navy Intelligence Officer and advertising executive, as he first begins therapy for seven years of childhood sexual abuse. You will join him for nearly thirty therapy sessions, watching him slowly repair his past until he ultimately connects with the boy he left behind.
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