Served in the U.S. Navy, Photographer's Mate second class, for five years. Colorado civil service for almost 30 years, wrote and did research on aptitude tests, and multiple choice employment tests. After I retired the "real me" came out. Debut novel Murder in the Rockies published and the second novel of the series is nearly finished. Both novels utilize my love of Colorado History and a liking for an intelligent mystery.
Married with one adult son. We have been adopted by Buddy a mixed breed dog. Buddy and I participate in dog agility, a sport in which dog and handler (me) run through an obstacle course for time.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing fiction in about third or fourth grade. I wrote a story about a boy who wanted an electric train for Christmas. It was not an assignment but I showed it to my teacher it to my teacher anyway. She returned it with one written comment: "You spelled electric wrong." I have Spellcheck now so watch out!
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to write a Western or courtroom drama. Discovering that Westerns are out of style and that I don't know enough about the law, to base a whole plot in a courtroom, I settled for a murder mystery. My research led me to write about Denver in 1890. In retrospect, I think the story found me or rather forced itself on me. I did not create Murder in the Rockies, I merely wrote it down.
"Two Miles High and Six Feet Under" is set in Leadville, Colorado in 1896. Andrew Coyle, a young Denver lawyer, is offered a job to audit the financial records of the Leadville winter carnival which features the Ice Palace as its star attraction. Upon arriving, he sees a corpse frozen in the Palace. As accidents and bodies pile up, Coyle is convinced that murder is involved.