THREE AWARDS FOR "SAFELY BURIED"
Best Books of Indiana Contest sponsored by Indiana State Library, First-Place Award Winner (2012), Fiction category.
Independent Publisher Book Awards, Silver Medal (2012), Mystery/Cozy/Noir category.
London Book Festival, Honorable Mention (2012), Genre-Based Fiction category.
THE STORY OF MY LIFE
I was born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but I have lived in southern Indiana most of my life. For many years I was editor and publisher of The Brownstown Banner, a semiweekly paper in the south-central part of the state. During that time I wrote all sorts of things for the paper, from obituaries to editorials, from town-meeting news to high school sports, from features about favorite recipes to photo captions about giant pumpkins. . . . In 1980 my wife Maureen and I expanded our business by building the first cable-TV system in Brownstown. This created what was surely a unique operation: the printers who ran the newspaper press also served as cable-TV installers and technicians.
Before going into the newspaper business, I received degrees in English from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Virginia, and I spent a year at the University of London on a Fulbright fellowship. My short stories have appeared in various literary magazines, among them Sou’wester, The Florida Review, Four Quarters, and Prairie Schooner. My mystery novel, "Safely Buried," won the 2012 Best Books of Indiana Contest sponsored by the Indiana State Library. The cover of the book features a pastel painting by Maureen. We have two children, Jesse and Abigail, both journalists who live in New York.