I am the classic product of the 'broken home'. However, as the 'Innocent Bystander' makes clear, my home was not merely broken, it was destroyed. Once my mother threatened suicide if my father should leave, he recruited me and my sister to make my mother's life a living hell. That way, SHE would leave and he would be free to pursue another man's wife. My sister and I were too young to know better. This was the very least of his sins. Children should not be involved in adult games.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing ten to fifteen years ago. The first pieces I wrote were spoofs on the office where I work, on the people who work there and the way things happen. These pieces were very much 'in-house' and basically incomprehensible to anyone who didn't work there. I DID learn, however, that I could write. I have since 'grown' into larger topics whose themes are more common to everyone.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Unfortunately, the story behind 'Innocent Bystander' is true. No one could make this stuff up, not even a fictional character. It is the story of my dysfunctional relationship with my father and the life I lead because of it. This tale clearly makes the case that truth is indeed stranger than fiction. Unfortunately, lives are ruined this way. His selfish desires stood in my way from the time I was ten until I was fifty three. My father's pursuit of another man's wife defined my entire life.
An innocent bystander is usually one who bears witness to some horrific event the human psyche` cannot bear. Some bystanders arrive at such events through an accident of birth. What intervention can we offer them? Are they doomed to a life of paranoia and guilt, or of inadequacy and shame? The events here are quoted verbatim. Only the names have been changed to protect the survivors