I was born in Saugatuck, Michigan on October 30, 1960 and began reading precociously from the time I was in the first grade. I began writing in high school. I joined the navy in 1984 as a journalist, where I worked as a writer for the Public Relations Officer. I was stationed in San Diego and have remained here since. I left the navy as a Journalist Third Class and began to write for the major daily newspaper, The San Diego Union, as well as a few other periodicals here. Now I write freelance. I’ve published a collection of short stories entitled “UNDER THE PALE MOON GLOW and other tales” on the Amazon Kindle Store. These stories are of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances, with an emphasis on supernatural events in the lives of the characters (although not all of the stories are supernatural). The collection gives the reader an opportunity to see experiences from different people in different places around the world. The book is 282 pages in length. This comprises 10 short stories and ends with a 25,000 word novella entitled “Under the Pale Moon Glow.”
Early in July I published my first novel, "The Shadow Savior" on the Kindle Store. This unusual story is written in a "stream-of-consciousness" style and transpires in real time.
Nothing fuels my creativity more than reading great books written by people who are uncompromising in their determination to write great fiction. I am a 51 year-old man and I judge the value of a book by the number of tears I shed when I read it.
I write because I want to move people emotionally and challenge them intellectually, and to be perfectly honest I love the response I get from the women I am enamored with when I tell them I am a writer, whether or not that's a good reason to write.
"Presumed Innocent" by Scott Turow
"Winter's Tale" by Mark Helprin
"'Salem's Lot" by Stephen King
"Magic" by William Goldman
"Lord of the Flies" by William Golding
"The Hero with a Thousand Faces" by Joseph Campbell
"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Bronte
I still can't get over that Newspaper headline.
Shawn - I don't post here too often any more but have enjoyed fictionaut. I was struck by some of your "About Me" and "Why I Write" comments. I was finally prompted to say welcome to fnaut when you mentioned Winter's Tale. I thought I was the only person who had ever read it. Good luck with your book(s) I'll try and stop back and read your post. Its length is ambitious for this site.