I'm a former broadcast journalist and retired associate professor of broadcasting, mass media, broadcasting and broadcast journalism. I got my PhD in Journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a Master of Arts in Communication from Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton Illinois. My undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Arts, Religion from North American Baptist College (now known as Taylor University College) in Edmonton Alberta.
I began working as a news stringer for CJOC radio in Lethbridge Alberta and subsequently worked as a journalist for several radio and television stations in Western Canada. In 1986 I began a new career as a college professor in Nebraska, later moving to a variety of colleges in the Midwest, South and Eastern USA.
Following my retirement from academe, I moved to VT where I live with my wife, writing near Lake Champlain. We have two sons and a granddaughter.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada and grew up on the Southern Alberta prairie. For the first few years my family lived beside the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks that went from Lethbridge to Calgary. Riding the train and watching out the window gave me an appreciation for the wide open space of the prairie. I think my writing has been somewhat affected by a sense of how big things can be and how to evoke such feelings in the stories. Maybe more importantly I developed a feeling for the importance of train transportation as a critical element in the economy of a nation. That helps to explain my focus on the intended destruction of the Go Train system in The Chechen's Revenge.
When did you first start writing?
My first job in broadcasting marks my first serious writing. I was a part time stringer for a radio station, doing stories on local meetings I got paid only if the story actually got used on air. But that made me a professional writer. I was about 23 years old.