A retired physician, I received all my college degrees from Boston University–AB. MD, PhD. My doctoral thesis was my first literary experience of note. I spent most of my married and professional years on the east coast in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Delaware. As a baby boomer and retired physician I’m devoting my time to writing medical thrillers. My life as an author of fiction began in 2003 after several individuals consistently commented that my speeches delivered at Toastmasters International always captured the audience because they were presented as captivating stories regardless of the topic.
“I should write a book” they all said. My wife encouraged me because she was sick of listening to me rehearsing my speeches.
“What should I write about?” I asked of my supportive spouse.
“Write about your patient from the Navy who brought back a bottle full of human eyes from Vietnam.”
Thus began my medical thrillers starting with THE EYEMAN. The sequel, THE DUTY CREW, chronicles the last Christmas Day of the Vietnam War in a Northeast Naval hospital. Like all my novels true lifetime situations are interwoven with suspenseful and intriguing storylines. My other thrillers also have medical facts as a backdrop to the story line–THE HELIOS RAIN, THE MYOSIN FACTOR, COTTER and THE ADJUSTMENT CLINIC. A crime drama WHO WILL WEEP FOR ME was followed by a paranormal fantasy, THE DRUID STONE, about chemical warfare in today’s terrorist climate.
MY NAME IS KEVIN provides an AA backdrop of an alcoholic recovery group to an ATM mugger and killer who uses AA meetings as a shelter. I created a series of short story memoirs in fiction form from my Navy service years in US NAVAL HOSPITAL.
I live with my wife in San Antonio near my daughter and her family with four of my grandchildren. My first editor in 2003 told me to keep writing even if I’m not yet published. I devote 5-hours-a-day to my new books and promoting my completed ones. The rest of my retirement day is a balance of family, friends and spirituality.
What is your writing process?
I utilize a concept sheet for each book. I write the story line followed by several milestones for the plot. Next comes a working title. I then write the first chapter. This is the book's birth. I add a glossary of characters as the story develops and I usually retain the glossary for readers who pick up and put a book down for reading intervals.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story was an Aesop fable about sour grapes. From then on I visualized a book as having a purpose as well as story line.
Jacob Cotter survives the Civil War to finish Yale Medical School and confront two more battlefronts–one in Connecticut as a medical student and one in Texas as a surgeon. In 1868 Cotter is financially solvent for Yale from banking two-year’s of bounty hunter money...
U.S. Air force Major Mathew Collins is still a military target in his San Antonio plastic surgery practice. Collins is sole survivor of his special operations unit in Afghanistan after attack by Iranians with a toxic Trichothecene called the Helios Rain.
Non- alcoholic Kevin is caught up in a Middle East attack on the US banking industry when his crimes result in the death of a member of an alcoholic recovery group. It’s up to an alcoholic detective to prevent another US economic crash.
A medical student, a law student, a dental student and a mob-connected friend have increased their bond from high school days when one of their group is murdered by the Boston Strangler. The four grief-stricken enraged men pool their resources to seek out and destroy the murderer amidst fruitless efforts by Boston Police and FBI resources in the tumultuous 1960’s.