I sold my first short story to DC Comic Books, when he was fifteen. My book, Storm Treasure, inspired a major motion picture in 1999. I hold a B.A. Degree in Mass Communications and an M.A. Degree in Communication Arts from California State University, Chico. I have also earned a PhD. In Education.
For the past forty-two years, I worked as a Teacher and Education Administrator in various venues, including Jr. High School, High School, Community College, and within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. I taught Science, English, Creative Writing, Art, Reading, Adult Basic Education, and Substance Abuse Education. In all, of these settings, I employed my communication skills to teach, mentor, and coach individuals to express themselves through writing, music, poetry, and art. During my final years in education, I had the privilege of supervising and mentoring teachers who worked in jails and parole offices throughout California.
After retiring from full time employment as an educator with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, I focused on my own creative endeavors and focused on my two great passions, travel and history.
I started writing short stories as a teenager. I wrote stories for magazines, articles for newspapers, and poetry for family members and friends. I wrote an autobiographical book about my Vietnam experiences while in college. I continue to write everyday and always have ideas for short stories and novels.
I endeavor, as a writer, to write a minimum of 2000 words a day. I write in longhand before entering my books into a computer. All of my writing is influenced by my love of history and world travel. I attempt to create good fictional stories that are set among real historical people, places, and events. Every novel is different.
Mad Bird and Birds of Paradise
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