I was born in the mountains of western Pennsylvania, the oldest son of six and raised there to my early teen years when my parents moved us to Ohio following a new career. After a year in Ohio, we moved once again; this time to Minnesota where I finished out my childhood, met and married my ex-wife, raised two lovely children and spent 37 years working for one of the largest and fastest growing financial institutions in America.
I have a great love for the prairies and the lakes of the Midwest and have found much inspiration here. I love the outdoors and spend a great deal of my personal time at the cabin with my family in the north woods near Banning State Park. I write music and poetry, and have now put together my first novel which I plan to follow up with more installments of the series. I hope you enjoy my work, and I hope to offer more in the near future.
What is your writing process?
I know it sounds trite, but my process really is very organic. Very rarely, do I decide upon a task and try to build around that. Usually, an idea comes to me from the blue, either by something I've heard or said, or something I've encountered. Most often, these ideas happen as epiphanies, but sometimes, they are just as larks. So then, I just try to imaging the circumstance around the idea that might have brought about its presence or situation and then I begin writing. Eventually, a story or poem or song takes shape around that original inspiration.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a fanciful tale about two boys who somehow fall into an alternate world through the backside of a Hex Pattern painted on a barn in the rural countryside.
Princess Katianna Blake (Sparrow) must flee from her home and the man who intends to force her into marriage so as to take her crown. She travels the many realms, gathering troops and support to aide her father against prince Hadrian's siege. But when her knight-protector is ripped from her, she finds help from a most unlikely ally and her "flight" takes on a whole new meaning.