Roger M. Woodbury
Roger M. Woodbury wanted to be a teacher when he graduated from college. First he taught in the inner city and was deferred from the draft for the US war in Vietnam. After two years he decided that he needed to have the "great experience of his generation" which the Vietnam War was, and he went off to have "his" war. After that was a career in business, in real estate and in historic property restoration. "I guess I was pretty restless for most of the time," he says. "I have never wanted to stay nailed to one desk for a very long time. I have loved a woman (well, several actually); I have had my war (one was enough), and I have needed to reinvent my professional self many times."
"I've always been a writer and have used that for everything from convincing people to buy my insurance products to getting town governments to allow me to do what I wanted to do with the old building I wanted to give new life to. Whether by pen, keyboard, carpenter's pencil, or something else. The writing has been the key to my ventures, experiments, and experiences.
"Now, I find myself of a 'certain age'. The Air Force had taken away my keys to their newest jet fighter; my calls to NASA's astronaut recruiter went unanswered and I am a bit too broad to fit in a Formula One race car. But I find I am not yet done and I will continue writing about my adventures, some fiction and some not, for the rest of my time. I hope the readers will enjoy the adventures with me."
He describes his writing as "realistic". He tries to draw clear pictures of the settings that actions take place, make the characters come to life and make readers think, 'Yeah, I think I know someone like that!'". But never ever does he want to write fantasy or make believe super characters: his characters are real people working on real problems using their skills, sometimes training, and sometimes sheer luck to solve problems that might be impossible to others and totally unexpected to them.
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