I was born in Reno, Nevada. I spent my formative years in East Los Angeles, Southern California in an era of street gangs, rock and roll, Vietnam, racial strife, cold war, drugs, and political protests. The violent White Fence gang recruited me in junior high.
I spent many of my non-school and gang hours reading the works of Ernest Hemingway, W. H. Auden, William Faulkner, Lewis Carroll, Joseph Conrad and James Joyce to mention a few authors.
When my single parent family moved to Orange County. I surfed and ran varsity track and cross-country in high school. My first paid job in high school was taking photographs of high school sports events and writing an accompanying brief news report for a large newspaper.
In college, I was a journalism major and editor of the campus newspaper. My college studies were derailed when I was drafted in my second year. I served 14-months in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. After military service, I continued my college education and cultivated my eclectic tastes. I played guitar for relaxation.
My writing unfolds from the bite of satire to the poignancy of essays. The muse reveals work of mystery, science fiction, noir, thriller, poetry, memoir, short fiction, play writing, and nature to mention just a few. Complex characters and compelling narrative are my trademark.
I believe that artists, writers and photographers are vigilant observers by inclination, background, and training. My life, which includes each of these professions, serves me well in developing and enhancing intuition, observational skills, focus, natural instinct, dedication, curiosity, compassion and patience. People tell me that I photograph with an artist’s eye. I believe that it comes from my naturalist’s heart.
I have worked in a variety of occupations, including artist, deputy tax assessor, magazine publisher and editor, hypnotherapist, counselor, marketing manager for an aerospace corporation, director of a natural healing arts center, public relations coordinator, mental health executive director, life coach, and photographer.
- Early Writer – I was writing short stories when I was four years old. I wrote two plays, Old Glory and Adelante! I was asked to have these play presented to the student body while I was in junior high.
- Avid Reader – I began reading at a very young age. Throughout elementary school, I read novels in class and ditched school to spend hours at the library near my home.
- Editor in Chief – I was editor of both my high school and college newspaper.
- Rebel – I created and wrote articles and satire for an ‘underground’ newspaper I had the U.S. Army distribute in Vietnam during my tour of duty. I was nearly court marshaled and ordered to stop after two issues.
- Columnist – For several years, I wrote a weekly Southern California newspaper column on diverse subjects.
- Writers’ Conference Director – I organized and directed two national writers’ conferences in Oregon and Washington.
- Writers’ Group & Workshop Instructor – I created and taught numerous writers’ groups and workshops resulting in publication for participants.
In my travels, I have lived, written and photographed in the mountains, deserts, by the bays, in large cities, small rural towns and even on an island.
I am a Life/Personal Coach when I’m not writing or photographing.
I would like to say that my writing has already brought me abundance and that I have an apartment in Manhattan, a country house in the south of France, and drive a supercharged Jaguar like one of my favorite authors, Lee Child. However, it would not be accurate – yet!