Born in Los Angeles in the middle of the last century, I have always wanted to be a writer. After twenty-five some odd years spent working in the computer industry in the heart of the Silicon Valley, first for Lockheed as a Systems Programmer and later for Cisco Systems as a test tool developer, I managed to retire early and begin my next career as a self-published author.
Along with writing and publishing my own novels I also publish the works of my wife, Melanie Jackson. During the past four years I've published well over 100 books in paperback and ebook formats. Oddly enough this includes ebooks on how to self-publish books and how to create professional looking book covers using the GIMP. I've also recorded and distributed a pair of audiobooks available for purchase on Amazon and Audible. Finally, I spend a portion of my time maintaining both my website and my wife’s website, which was developed modularly using Bootstrap 3 and SSI technologies.
My latest endeavor, begun in July of 2014, is to record training courses for distribution via Udemy. My goal is to provide low cost high quality screen cast based educational material focusing on my area of expertise; namely, self-publishing and book cover design using the GIMP. As time permits, I plan to expand my catalog to cover Web page development and Udemy course preparation.
I currently live in the beautiful California wine country with my beautiful wife, published author Melanie Jackson, and Butterscotch the cat.
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Smashwords book reviews by Brian
- Legacy: Arthurian Saga
on May 15, 2011
I bought this set simply because I had to have a copy of The Crystal Cave on my Kindle. One of my favorite books of all time. Now, where are the rest of the Mary Stewart books?
- The First Ten Steps
on June 12, 2011
Good, simple advice from someone who's been there, done that. I recommend this book for those ready to take the next step in promoting their work.
- Operation Disaster
on Feb. 18, 2012
It was the year of my birth that things started to go wrong. By 1980 the world was a bombed out husk patroled by marauding mutants. A tiny group of scientists depend upon a questionable technology to travel back in time in order to stop the chaos before it began. So begins this facinating look at the consequences of war and the lengths to which the human spirit will soar to save humanity.
I really enjoyed this story from the catastrophic beginning through the explanation of the technology to the throught provoking conclusion. The story is a fast paced classic that is sure to please. I highly recommend it.
For lovers of Arthur C. Clarke and Issac Asimov comes a fun short story from the classic sci-fi writer Elizabeth Chater.