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About the Author

A Vietnam Era Veteran, my desire to write was born in my late teens. Inspired and encouraged by professionals when I spent a year as the Office Boy for the President and other Executives of Gannett News. My higher education was interrupted by a six-year stint in the Navy, where I developed my ability to spin a tale, coached by some of the best story tellers around, and where the best stories usually began with “Now this ain’t no B…S…”.

Married to the same wonderful woman for almost 50 years now, I somehow managed to earn three degrees by working and going to college at night, while we raised our daughter. This daughter kept my creative juices flowing, as she required me to come up with a new story every night about one of her stuffed animals. I began to write fiction, along with poetry, as a way to battle boredom at work, as well as to fill the time spent alone, as it was my wife’s turn to complete her dream and become an Art Historian. With our daughter now married, and living her dream as an Elementary School Teacher, wife, and mother of the greatest granddaughter in the world, it was time for me to re-kindle my dream. I retired at the earliest age that I could and began to write seriously. My first published work was a feature article for a collecting magazine, titled “Addicted to Glass”.

Not being a person who tolerates long waits for answers well, I read up on the world of self-publishing. I decided to give it a go. I published works under a pen name at first, and then more recently under my own name. To date, between the two, I have over thirty works of fiction ranging from short stories to novels, along with three collections of poetry, and four stand-alone poems published.

Smashwords Interview

Who are your favorite authors?
In my youth, Dr. Seuss, was right at the top of the list, and he isn't very far down it today. His stories are timeless, and have been friends to me since I had the honor of meeting him as a 3rd, grader. As I grew a bit older Frank and Joe Hardy captured the lime-light, and were soon joined by Mark Twain, maybe the master story teller of all times. (I would like to take this moment to personally thank Mr. Ken Burns for his wonderful series on the man.) John Steinbeck and Ian Fleming, shared the favorites role during high school.

I am not sure that I have an individual favorite author today, well except for myself. I have found that I have come to enjoy the works of a group of authors. The write for what is classified and teens and young adults. I think that this is were some of the best authors and stories exist today. This is an educated group, that demands, both a good story, as well as a well written story. They fully expect that author, to bring the story to life for them, no matter how impossible they story may actually be.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Truthfully, one or all of my seven cats, tends to make sure that I get out of bed each and every day. Thankfully, I am a morning person, so I don't really mind, for once they are loved, fed and I have some coffee in me, I often take the quiet time to write.
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Driven by Revenge
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 60,610. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2018 by Nursesnook&Books. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy
Driven by Revengeis the story of how two members of the Smithville, NY PD, found their loveless lives suddenly thrust together during the worst crime ever to occur in Smithville. Senior Detective Charlotte (Charlie) Nelson doesn’t hesitate to put herself in the line of fire to assist the mortally wounded Patrolman Dave Johnson, who had taken a three-round burst.
Silence Defeats Violence
Series: Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me. Price: $3.29 USD. Words: 51,470. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2018 by Nursesnook&Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Cozy, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
It all started with a dream. A happy dream, without a trace of a nightmare. Little did I know that when I eavesdropped on the vision that Jasper and Street-Fighter were sharing, that it would lead to a case that could have been classified as a nightmare.
Malice Always Starts with M
Series: Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 36,100. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2017 by Nursesnook&Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Meet the most unique detective team today. Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me. A border collie, Sgt. Jasper, USMC Ret; a streetwise tomcat, Street-Fighter; and Me a forever 39-year-old Maggie McKenzie, USMC Ret. Together, we take on almost any case.
Serial Doesn't Start with a C (Revised Edition)
Series: Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,380. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2016 by Nursesnook&Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(4.00 from 1 review)
Meet the most unique detective team today. Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me. A border collie, Sgt. Jasper, USMC Ret; a streetwise tomcat, Street-Fighter; and Me a forever 39 year-old Maggie McKenzie, USMC Ret. Together, we take on almost any case.
A Diamond in the Ruff (Revised Edition)
Series: Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me. Price: $1.79 USD. Words: 27,610. Language: English. Published: October 6, 2016 by Nursesnook&Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Diamonds, dead bodies, and pack rats; one case hot and the other cold. Follow the team as Jasper and Street-Fighter team up to find the clues, and follow trails left behind that only they could detect. They then put themselves in harm’s way, both willing to sacrifice to protect Maggie, during the harrowing and intensely climatic ending.
Candie is Not Always Sweet (Revised Edition)
Series: Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 25,450. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2016 by Nursesnook&Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
This is the first book in the "Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me" Series. The series was inspired by the Alpha male of a feral cat colony that I cared for. The description of Street-Fighter is accurate with one exception. the real cat had a dislocated right front shoulder, which never seemed to hold him back in his role as the Alpha male either in defense or looking after his ladies.
Words from the Heart
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,680. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2016 by Nursesnook&Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships & Family » Aging, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Love
A collection of original works, most of which were inspired by the sudden insertion of an articulate and vibrant 94-year-old loved one, now suffering from sudden onset dementia, into our household and everyday life.
Telling My Secrets to You
Price: Free! Words: 560. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2016 by Nursesnook&Books. Categories: Poetry » Gay & lesbian, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
The poem "Telling My Secrets to You", A poem of confession, was inspired by the image shown on the cover. For as a writer and poet, I found the image to be both a charming and inspirational piece. It is my honor to make this work a gift to my readers as it will be free forever.
Trish's Story
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 20,020. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2015 by Nursesnook&Books. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Take a one week journey along with Trish and her twin brother Robert. Both just over thirty, and both very successful, as Trish is a Doctor and Robert an Architect. A journey that begins with the twins meeting for their weekly dinner date; during which an idea develops to live together, since both of their individual leases, are up. An idea, which becomes the catalysis for Trish to finally begin
Murder in St. Luietz (Guns - Stilettos & Money)
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 37,300. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2015 by Nursesnook&Books. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » International crime, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A conman with the perfect plan, Destroyed by his GSA Investigator wife, chooses to utilize the ultimate in new identities to disappear on a remote island.
And Then There Were Six
Price: Free! Words: 910. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2015 by Nursesnook&Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Home & Garden » Pets & livestock, Poetry » Themes & motifs » Nature
And Then There Were Six - This book is a short story in verse, about a kitten from our feral pride, and how he won his way into our hearts and our home.
Lost in a Wistful Dream
Price: Free! Words: 260. Language: English. Published: June 3, 2014 by Nursesnook&Books. Categories: Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
(5.00 from 1 review)
A Poem by D. D. which was inspired by the photo that it accompanies. The verse is not what I expected when i typed the first line and title.


Jasper, Street-Fighter, and Me
The series is about a retired Marine Major, (Maggie McKenzie) who was an MP, Dog Handler and a veteran of two tours in Afghanistan. She and Jasper, her border collie, who retired from the Marines along with her, decided to put their skills to use as private detectives after her father passed away. One evening, while enjoying a dinner on the patio, they were visited by a streetwise, old tomcat, who won over not jut Maggie, but Jasper as well. It was apparent right from the beginning that there was something special with this tomcat, who looked more like a small lion than an American Short Hair. Suddenly the Detective Agency had a new member of the team, along with a new name. Together with his new pal Jasper, Street Fighter earns his stripes early on, as he and Jasper team up to protect Maggie from a would be killer, but the drama and the actions for the unlikely pair are just beginning…for Street Fighter is a quick learner, and Jasper a good teacher, as they both work to either protect or take the point, whichever helps Maggie the most.

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