I was first introduced to science fiction/fantasy via a Robert E. Howard book entitled "Conan the Barbarian". I worked part-time after school in the local library, and was soon hooked. Next came Robert Heinlein (Star Ship Troopers, the Farmer in the Sky), A. E. van Vogt (The World of Null A, the Players of Null A), and a host of others. My current favorites are David Weber's Honor Harrington series, the David Weber-John Ringo series beginning with March Upcountry, and a new author, Mark L. van Name (the Lobo series). 1632 et al is fascinating. If you don't know what I'm referring to, shame on you.
My first science fiction novel went through a number of of evolutions before it went live. I wanted to create a traditional science fiction novel that balanced full-fledged characters in a real world. I believed then that there was a market for this type of book, but to tell you the truth, I would have written it no matter what. That book, "Hawk Seven" soared up to #4 on the Amazon High Tech book list and led to the extension of that story's timeline to include room for three additional books.
In December, 2011 I published volume 1 of the Hawk Flight series. This book, "Hawk Genesis: War" originated in a short piece I wrote that attempted to recreate the battle of Gettysburg as science fiction. The original short story was, well, short on character development, but with the unexpected success of Hawk Seven, I found the time to rework it into a much better story. It takes place earlier in the Hawk timeline, when humanity is thrust into a civil war. I've not attempted to accurately recreate the American Civil War, but I have found the parallels to be compelling. On August 2, 2012, "Hawk Genesis: Peace" was introduced. This is a direct sequel to "War" and resumes the story of John Chamberlin. With the war now ended, he is given a new and even greater task - to help heal the deep wounds of war.
Next will be a third book that ought to fit in between these two, and should revolve around Master Chief Kana at the time that he earned the Medal of Honor. This volume should appear near the end of 2012, and is presently planned to conclude this series.
I have a non-science fiction series called "The Older the Better". I worked very hard on this story, which comprises over two thousand pages. It has not found a market, due - I hope - largely to the fact that the story is not easily categorized. Basically, it's a male fantasy beginning with a husband and father who has divorced his wife and seen his kids off to college. From there he finds himself entangled with a female college student, the victim of a vicious rape. Soon, a mysterious conman tries to kill him - several times, he begins to earn money through day trading, goes to work for the federal government as a pseudo Air Martial, becomes a Presidential Negotiator, combats the Sinaloa Drug cartel in Mexico and the Yakuza in Japan, buys lots of rundown commercial real estate, becomes a writer, and so on. I had a great deal of fun with this story, and hope that eventually it will find a readership.
I now have a new series of books, published through Booktango and now beginning to appear for sale in iTunes, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and various other retailers. They were terrific fun to write, but include a certain number of real people. In the case where I treated them fairly ('the truth hurts' sort of fair) I've changed the name; in the majority of cases, they come off looking quite good, so the name remained. To avoid any problems, the books are being sold under a pseudonym. I really loved writing them, and in fact I'm working on a fourth, but I have no idea if they will sell.
In addition to these books, I have been a somewhat regular contributor to a very small magazine called The Nightingale/El Ruisenor, a bilingual quarterly effort that has succumbed to the general collapse of print publishing by becoming digital only. I've got a piece of prose called "Two Angels" in the penultimate edition, and a commentary called "the New World Order" in the current version. I've written several other articles as well, and love to write blistering replies to idiotic comments to the wonderful columnists of the New York Times.
I entered the Coast Guard right out of high school, and have, as a result, found that my youthful enthusiasm for surf and big waves has waned - it's no fun trying to pluck a man off of a sinking boat in white water, and it's really no fun looking for the drowned remains of sunken fishing trawlers.
After my separation, I worked during the day, and began a life-long pursuit of knowledge, partially obtained in school. I spent five years in Panama, part of them at the University of Panama, where I studied journalism, and part in the mountainous jungles near Costa Rica. A fascinating people called the Guaymi live in these mountains, and despite five hundred years of oppression, they still retain their own language and customs, and even more importantly, their own lands.
Back in the Land of the Big PX, I married a beautiful singer/actress and successful waitress, and became a father, which brings us up to date.
I currently live in Idaho, and now that I've lived in Idaho, I want to live somewhere else. If you have lived in Idaho, you will understand. My sons and I have been arguing about possibilities: my younger son wants us to move to Japan, so he can go to school to learn how to create Anime. My older son wants us to live in southern England, gateway to Paris and Venice. I want to look into Portland, Seattle or, wallet permitting, San Francisco. Upstate New York, New Mexico, there are lots of possibilities, although I've put my foot down on going to Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia. My older son spent a summer or two there, but he's never experienced a Siberian winter, and he never will, unless he's willing to email his father, living a bit further to the south, and warmth.