54 years old. Born in Dayton, Ohio, but lived in east Tn. most of his life. Been a misfit all his life, convict for a sizable portion of it, active junkie for most of it and in recovery for the past few years of it. Which brings us to subject matter:He writes what he knows, though tries his best to put a positive spin on it. At the least, he states, "I'm real about it.There is nothing glorious about being a junkie, and a reader will never find that in my writing. The glory is in the overcoming."
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Oh, yeah. OUTSIDERS. It was 1973 and required reading for my sixth grade class. The first thing I read that made the biggest impact on me, however, was Steven King's CARRIE. I was 14 and in reform school. I used to read it only at night in the dorm in the dark when everyone was asleep and it scared me half to death; especially that mean o' mother. That was when I fell in love with King. Don't much get into horror anymore, but in my opinion King can't be beat as a writer. King, his writing, character development - they are always so realistic - and even some of the topics touched on in his writing was what set me afire. Major, major impact.
What do you read for pleasure?
National Geo, Bible, NA big book. The last book I read was a book about the battles in the pacific atolls during wwII. It wasn't fiction. The dude lived the battles and described them in the most realistic terms:the bodies that rotted in the sun and after a few days turned into the muck into which they had decayed because the Americans were trying to take hills and were penned down by the Japanese, making corpse removal very dangerous and deadly. Wish I could remember the book title and author. Loved that book.
Collection of short stories about drug addicts and some of the awful situations they can get themselves into. Also included is ch 1 of soon to be released novel:
And A Monster
A story about a pregnant drug addict who finds herself stuck at an old abandoned house where she hoped to end her life but is forced into having to deliver her own drug dependent baby