"A beguiling mystery from the dark side of the Deep South." -- Patrick Lynch, author of Carriers and Omega
About the Author
The first story I remember writing for public dissemination was something called "The Day the Gravity Left the Earth." I think I was nine or ten. Well, gravity never did leave the earth, but my imagination certainly did. It hasn't been entirely grounded since.
Of course, somewhere on my way to becoming an adult I realized that imagination alone wouldn't pay the bills and I wound up doing a lot of things that would. Some were ordinary. Some were less than ordinary. Some were just bizarre.
There was a four-year stint in the Air Force, where I worked on base newspapers. Then I attended the University of South Florida where I graduated cum laude with a degree in journalism. I wrote for the St. Petersburg Times and theTampa Tribune, and became an editor. My focus was mostly on the murder and mayhem side of the business. It wore thin.
Somehow I parlayed my hard-core news experience into a staff position with a children's book publishing company. That satisfied me for a good chunk of time and it certainly rekindled the imaginative side of me, but when the company's fortunes sagged, I segued into freelance work. Along the way, I wrote stories--stories that were long enough to qualify as bona fide novels, like In The Spirit of Murder.
Who knows? Maybe this notion of keeping your feet on the ground and your head in the clouds isn't such a bad idea after all.