More About the Author
For many years I've kept a foot (actually a manuscript) in several different areas of writing: technology, business, and fiction. At the heart of the matter, I can only presume that I enjoy putting a good story in print, even if I've been doing so in widely different genres.
Back in 1985, I published my first technology/business book: the first edition of HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL COMPUTER CONSULTANT. Then, between 1990 (the second edition of HOW TO BE...) and 2001, I authored or co-authored 27 other technology, business, and even a couple of personal finance titles. Along the way I worked in the information technology field, beginning as a software developer and ending up as a national or global practice leader for business intelligence and data warehousing (my areas of specialization) with several consulting firms.
Between 2002 and 2014, I took a break - admittedly a long one! - from my original field of writing, except for one "fun" book about basic management and leadership lessons set against the backdrop of stories from the history of my hometown Pittsburgh Steelers. I continued working in the technology field as my "day job" but my writing shifted into the historical fiction area. In 2002, I began working in earnest on two manuscripts...THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF THE WAR and UNFINISHED BUSINESS, both of which have been available since 2010. And as I wrote THE FIRST CHRISTMAS OF THE WAR, the idea for three similarly structured sequels in that family saga also surfaced...the first of which, THANKSGIVING, 1942, was published in November, 2012 on the 70th anniversary of when that story is set. Up next: THE FIRST CHRISTMAS AFTER THE WAR is in the final stages of rewriting and editing.
I also had the idea around the same time for my novel GETTYSBURG, 1913: THE COMPLETE NOVEL OF THE GREAT REUNION, which I've been writing off and on for more than a decade in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of that momentous occasion that has been all but forgotten over the years. Parts I, II and III of GETTYSBURG, 1913 were published as a serialized novel (with slightly different subtitles) between 2012 and 2014, and the "Gettysburg Complete" edition containing all 3 parts of the tale in one volume is now available to mark the countdown to the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.
Also, since I grew up in Pittsburgh (where most of my historical novels to date have been set) I watched the great Roberto Clemente play for the Pittsburgh Pirates when I was younger. I just published a short memoir about Clemente, timed for the 40th anniversary of when the world lost Roberto on his humanitarian mission following the Nicaragua earthquake in 1972. Anyone who grew up in Pittsburgh in those days, or most any baseball fan, will enjoy CLEMENTE: MEMORIES OF A ONCE-YOUNG FAN - FOUR BIRTHDAYS, THREE WORLD SERIES, TWO HOLIDAY STEELERS GAMES, AND ONE BAR MITZVAH.
My fiction writing continues, but now it's accompanied once again by technology and business writing. My first technology-related book in 13 years was published in September, 2014: MODERN BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND ENTERPRISE DATA MANAGEMENT: A ROADMAP FOR IT DIRECTORS, MANAGERS, AND ARCHITECTS. Soon to follow: a companion title entitled ENTERPRISE BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE AND DATA WAREHOUSING: PROGRAM MANAGEMENT ESSENTIALS. Both titles are published by Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, for whom I've written in the past. And there's a couple of others on the drawing board right now, along with some ideas for management and leadership titles.
On the fiction side, I have a LONG list of to-be-written titles...not just in historical fiction, but in other areas as well.
For me, writing is a passion regardless of whether it's technology, business, sports-related memoirs, or fiction. Today, I still do some consulting but I'm also a faculty member in the Information Systems Department at Arizona State University, my alma mater. As they say about some actors, I'd like to think I have range!
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