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A Reading from My Debut Novel


My LOST HELIX YouTube Playlist

It includes videos about the Science Fiction that inspired LOST HELIX

Writing began for me in the third grade. I wrote poetry about chess and Norse mythology, Though I have no idea what inspired me to do that. My first submission was an article for “Dragon” magazine. They rejected it of course. But I was on my way! …sort of.

In high school, my senior year creative writing project was an Ann Rice clone. While reading weekly chapters to the class, no one seemed to be listening. But late in the school year, the novel reached a scene where two vampires were sentenced to death by sunlight. As a door opened to reveal their sun-bleached bones, someone yelled, “Hey! Why did you kill them? They never did anything wrong.” I was surprised and flattered. And hooked. I wanted to be a writer.

My work is influenced by my current career as a computer programmer as well as my previous experience as an Electronic Warfare Signals Intelligence Analyst for the U.S. Army.

At twenty, the Army sent me to Korea where the base library offered many classics. Asimov, Heinlein, Wells... many books passed through my hands including one by Pierce Anthony where he said that one needed to write and discard three or more novels before getting it right. I went with the “or more” plan.

During my time in the army, I was stationed in Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, Georgia, Camp Humphries in Korea, and various parts of the Middle East.

It wasn’t until 2006 that I was finally published by Nth Degree Magazine. It was “Firewall”, a story about a psychic computer hacker. What’s that mean? Read it from my published stories page.