Paul grew up in Kansas where he figured out early on that he was different from the other children. Realizing that his opposable thumbs were good for more than just opening beer cans and playing video games, Paul moved to Colorado and started a life as a nomad. After 10 years of traveling around the country, he settled in Phoenix in 1988, where he lives to this day. Paul has a wife and 1 dog nicknamed 4 1/2 Pounds of Fury and 2 teenage sons and chronicles his adventures as a divorced dad. A football fanatic, he lives on the couch and by the computer for six months out of the year and spends the rest of his time by the computer and on the couch. He's a firm believer in children doing chores while he relaxes in the shade with an ice cold glass of lemonade.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I feel like I have a lot of stories to tell. I tried to go through the established method of contacting an agent, but of the hundred or so emails I sent out, I received only four replies and they were all negative. Next, I tried "self publishing" and discovered that I didn't have enough money to pursue it. My book languished for the last couple of years and recently I started running into all sorts of information on becoming an indie author. I had nothing to lose and a ton of material waiting to be published, so I said, "Why Not?"
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy is the act of creation. A lot of times, I think I know what's going to happen in a story and I find that new situations come up independent of what I thought was going to happen. This occurs quite a bit during the rewrites when I think I've already got A, B and C, only to find out that a lot more happens and B becomes E and everything gets pushed back and changed as a result. It's like playing music live - anything can happen and usually does up until the time it gets "frozen" in its final form by being published.
The Adventure Continues! Join Paul as he navigates the perils of single fatherhood, learning that his children have as much to teach him as he gives them his knowledge of the world around them. Paul keeps an eye toward the humorous as he relates the ups and downs of raising his two sons, one of whom is autistic.
A humorous look at the ups and downs of raising two boys, one of whom is autistic. Raising a special needs child, the death of a close relative and a marriage dissolving into hostility and divorce are the challenges facing a father who tries to balance work and family. Through it all, the author maintains his sense of humor as he relies on the hope of being reunited with his children.