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Darrel Sparkman

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Darrel Sparkman is a multi-genre award-winning author of novels, novellas, and short stories. He's been included in three western anthologies, worked as a feature writer for Saddlebag Dispatches and blogged a short time for Sundown Press. Ideas come from a diverse past of serving as a combat search and rescue helicopter crewman in Vietnam and volunteer Emergency Medical Technician First Responder. He has worked as a professional photographer, computer repair tech, and was part-owner of a commercial greenhouse operation and flower shop. Darrel is enjoying semi-retirement and finally has that job that wakes you up every day with a smile. Favorite quote: ... a noble race but they are gone with their old forests wide and deep, and we have built our homes upon fields where their generations sleep. William Cullen Bryant 1878 A word from Darrel I never studied much. School wasn’t a big interest for me. In retrospect, I wish I had. But what I did was read. Didn’t have much of a childhood, so I read to escape. Four to five books a week—from middle school into adulthood. You name it—I read it. Being raised in rural America bent me toward adventure novels and westerns. Reading an adventure novel and wanting to get on to the next one gave me the style in my writing of picking a week or so in the protagonist’s life and riding hell-bent from problem to solution. My heroes are prone to suddenness of action and intent. Writing can exorcise your demons, give you the pleasure of a story well told, and drive you to distraction. But it is always a ride worth taking. And most of all... THANK YOU FOR READING! A lot of folks don't.

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