I am what some people might call a successful author. I've had published more than 15 non-fiction books under my name, pseudonyms and as a ghost writer. I'm also a journalist and writer.
Several of my books have won awards and made me semi-famous. I've been on NPR, C-SPAN, CNN, USA Today, CBS, Evening News, Fox TV News, Bloomberg Business News, Voice of America, and my articles have been published by the Washington Post, LA Times and others.
I don't like to brag (well, a little maybe) so you can see my books and my full bio at my website
I beat out all my cousins for the domain name, and I'm pretty proud of that.
I'm also a licensed Private Investigator which is very much like being a reporter except you get to show people your cool ID issued by the state government.
After making my living as a non-fiction writer and author for many decades, I've turned to fiction, taking what I've learned about writing real stories to writing fake stories. (No snickers, please) I write a blog titled the The Non-Fiction Novelist and it's designed to help non-fiction writers (like me) to become novelists. It's a different ball game for sure but many of the same habits, thought processes and lessons are transferable.
My first thriller "USA, Inc." has just been published in eBook and paperback by Bay City Publishers.
Here's the cutline: "What if the US were run like a corporation and a madman was in charge." Pretty provocative, I'd say. I highly recommend it.
Through the years, many people have asked me what it's like to be a writer. For me, it's been a great job and career. I wouldn't want to do anything else.
Unfortunately, I also tell them what they don't want to hear. It's hard work, and unless you have luck and perseverance, it's difficult to make a living at it.
Talent? Yes, that helps, but good writing can be learned if you're willing to make the effort, have a thick skin about criticism and take it seriously as your life's work.
If you just want to write as a hobby or for fun, that's cool, too, but too many folks tell me how frustrating it is for them, how they'd rather do anything else than write and I always respond: "Maybe you got something there."