About the Author
I began my writing career back in 1996. Inspired by Ken Burns' PBS series The Civil War, and by a Civil War artist and co-worker named Todd Price, I decided to take a trip to the Gettysburg battlefield to see for myself what all of the interest was about. I was so inspired by the sights and feel of the battlefield, that I revisited the area several times over the next couple of years. That's when I felt I was motivated to the point where I begin writing a fictional story about the Battle of Gettysburg. That story was called, "Journey Across Time". Journey was a tough sell as is all fiction today, but I didn't let a little set back such as that keep me from writing. That story has been re-released by Black Rose Writing under the title of Destiny's Echo, and Todd Price's work, Into The Fire, is featured on the cover.
Around that time I asked a national columnist if he had any advice for a fledgling writer. His reply was simple: "If you must write, write." I took that to mean that if you want to write, don't let publication, or lack thereof, stand in your way. Write because you feel you have a unique way of telling a story. So I continued to write.
Just before 911, I began a non-fictional book about the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. I thought I would let the people who lived through that period in our nation's history tell about that historic day through their eyes. I collected over 170 stories from people all across America telling where they were and what they were doing when they heard of the attack...and how it impacted their lives-short and long term. Even the publishers who rejected Reflections of Pearl Harbor said that the book, originally titled The Date Which Lives In Infamy, sounded like a neat project. Eventually, prestigous publisher Praeger (Greenwood) Publishing picked it up for hardcover, and it's still available in paperback.
I followed Reflections up by landing publishers for Journey Across Time (Dailey Swan) and The Second Season (Vanilla Heart) in the same month. Vanilla Heart also liked my follow-up to The Second Season, A Different Drummer, so they signed me up for that one as well.
I self-published Spirit of the Season as it was actually a screenplay I penned the previous year. Since it was a 120-page screenplay, it would have been stretching the story too much to extend the content to more than 150 pages in novel form. Since it is a Christmas-themed story, not too many publishers would consider a short novel that would sell just two months out of the year. Thus, Fort Hamilton Publishing was born.
In late 2011, I completed a screenplay titled Destiny's Echo. From that, I turned the script into a 33,000 word short novel titled A Union of Souls. An e-publisher called The Fiction Works liked the story and agreed to feature the book on their site. The PB version is available through this website.
Since then, I have turned out works such as Destiny's Echo and The Reawakening, both published by Black Rose Writing out of Texas.
Today I consider myself an accomplished author with nine, and soon to be ten, published books to my credit, twelve edited screenplays under my belt, and I write a sports column for the Venice Cornerstone newspaper in Ohio. If you must write, write!