I began writing for two reasons. My fourth grade teacher was the main reason I began writing. He told me I should be a writer. It was after I had written a short story for a homework assignment. I never forgot what he said. So I wrote here and there. Over the years I have written over fifteen books. But I never published one. It was more writing for my entertainment than for anyone else’s. The second reason I began writing is that I enjoy it. I enjoy making up stories and seeing the characters come into a realistic form. I enjoy storytelling.
It took me decades to publish anything. But after meeting lots of people in my life and having many interesting experiences, I eventually got here. Life provided me with lots of material for stories. Combine that with what I’ve read and a good story often comes out of it.
I like books with life’s dramas, mysteries, horror, suspense and thrillers. I like books from all genres. But I really like the books that hit you before you see what is coming.
For example, you are walking down the sidewalk at seven in the morning on a Saturday on a summer day. You started your walk early to beat the eighty degree temperatures that were coming. You look inside the window of Sam’s deli. Is Sam already opening? A light is on. Then you see it. Three men with weapons pointed at the cashier slowly turn to look at you. You freeze. Your airways are wide open, but you can’t breathe. Your heart is pounding against your chest. Your ears have closed off all sound. Fear is overriding your mind’s cognitive emotions to register the men’s faces. But the men inside do not know this. And they are not taking a chance. Two of the men move quickly toward the door. You take off running and tell yourself not to turn around. You know you’re not going to get away and….
I like books where the language is stripped down and you feel what the characters feel. I like plain hard hitting details in my stories. I like love stories where conflicts are real and decisions have consequences. And, where people are willing to accept those consequences, regardless of what they are.
I hope you enjoy what I have sought to do. Make drama as natural as it is in everyday life, but add more than most of us would want. Make mysteries suck you in until you feel like you are there. Make horror take you to a place you thought you wanted to go. You’d like to leave, but something is forcing you to continue to see how it ends. I promise to do my best for you with whatever I write.
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