My first taste of reading came in the 6th grade with the wonderful world of Scholastic Books. Even in a little farming community (population just over 1000), I could look through the two or three page catalog of books that were age appropriate – and dream. Then I had to ask my parents for the money to give to the teacher so she could place the order for my and my classmate’s choice of books. Seeing the box from Scholastic sitting on the teacher’s desk was as thrilling as Christmas. I knew there were books in that box just for me. I sat on the edge of my seat, waiting for the teacher to pull out that special bundle and call my name.
I grew up on an Arkansas delta cotton farm. We worked hard and played hard. We could roam the fields, imagining we were somewhere else – anywhere else. But I wouldn’t have wanted to grow up anywhere else. The sky was so dark at night I could see all the stars unimpeded. The air was clean. The summers were hot, but the water pumped straight of the ground was cold. The winters were cold, but a gas wall heater kept the house toasty.
I liked farming and I developed a love of nature and for growing things from it. I was the first of my family to go to college and I earned a degree in Computer Science. Computer programming is my paying job, but being with my family and writing are my true passions.
I began writing in my teens, but I didn’t sell anything in the national market. I did get recognition from my university and I co-wrote and produced a small Star Trek spoof film. As a result, I was privileged to meet Gene Roddenberry. I married a wonderful woman and raised two great daughters before returning to my love of writing.
I am pleased with the advent of electronic publishing. It gives more people a way of releasing his or her voice. My first e-publishing endeavors are a science fiction short story Currents of Thunder and my debut novel, A Shade of Mind.
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A Reckoning of Lions and Lambs
Jacob Trimble has learned painful lessons as the leader of the Cumberland Community, a group of teenagers and kids who survived the worst plague in human history. People died on his watch. Now, he must protect his community again from an even more deadly menace from the outside world -- or what is left of it.
A Gathering of Lions and Lambs
Plague: Jacob Trimble has never experienced it. Fear: He has never really known it. Death: He has never had to deal with it - until now. The human race is decimated by a lethal virus. The few people that are left, the lions and lambs of humanity, are gathering in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Tennessee.
Currents of Thunder
Melienda, an immortal being, is hunted by her ex-lover because she broke the Law. The battle has raged for a millennium. But now it may come to a grisly end unless Melienda can outwit the beast that can devour her life force – the only way an immortal can truly die.
A Shade of Mind
Seventeen-year_old Bobby Hawkins has a tortured soul - or maybe two. Something, or someone, has stowed away in the back of Bobby's mind, and it knows his darkest secrets.
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