I've been writing fiction, poetry and journalism since I was a child. I'm a retired, daily newspaper staff writer in Austin, TX. I have a BA in English from the University of Maryland and did postgraduate work in Journalism at Marshall University in West Virginia.
As an Air Force brat, I grew up throughout the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. I'm a former Army captain and an infantry combat veteran of the Vietnam war. My novel "The Butterfly Rose" and short-story collection "Leaving the Alamo, Texas Stories After Vietnam" are based on my war experiences, those of close friends, and informed imagination.
I'm a descendant of Confederates on both sides of my family, and thus have been a lifelong student of the Civil War. My novel "Knoxville 1863" is as much history as fiction, drawn as it is from the few histories, memoirs, letters and diaries of the survivors of one of the war's most horrific but least-known fights, the Battle of Fort Sanders. An addendum to the novel is available at Knoxville1863 dot com. An addendum to my newest book, The Bloody Thirteenth, a narrative history of the Thirteenth Mississippi Volunteer Infantry Regiment, is available at 13thMississippi dot com.