I was born in Pennsylvania and raised in rural Minnesota. I served in the U.S. Navy from 1977 until 1989 as a nuclear electronics technician. When I got out of the Navy, I took a job as an Instrumentation and Controls technician at a nuclear power plant in Northeast Ohio. Now, I'm the database administrator for the work management department at the same company.
My wife's name is Cheryl and I have her to thank for pushing me to self-publish my first book. Although my wife is not a fan of science fiction or fantasy, she graciously uses her 27 years of newspaper experience to proof my novels. I have two daughters through a previous marriage.
My father introduced me to science fiction as a young man and I instantly fell in love with the genre. I not only love to write novels, I also enjoy writing computer code which makes going to work a pleasurable experience.
I began writing at an early age and finally managed to complete my first novel near the end of my career in the Navy. Although that book was never published, it served as the basis for the second book of the Galactic Alliance series. I published my first book, Translight, in 2009 and have been steadily learning as much as I can about self-publishing.
In 2015, I attended the World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, Washington where I sat on several panels dealing with self-publishing issues. Upon returning home from WorldCon, I set my writing aside and spent several months reformatting my existing novels and standardizing the covers.
I maintain a blog where I keep readers informed of my writing activities. I try to focus on providing helpful tips for new and existing self-published authors.
I also have a mailing list that I use to alert interested individuals of important events. Signing up is easy.
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