After high school, I spent a few years hitchhiking around the country. Following a stint in the Navy, I came back to Ohio, started school at OSU, accepted a part-time job, got married and started a family. My second wife, Jean, and I raised my three children by my first marriage. Jean is an accomplished foreign language educator. We’ve followed her jobs, from Ohio to New York to Colorado, over twenty years. I’ve worked primarily in R&D and manufacturing, as a technician and then engineer. Engineering helped pay the bills, my BA and MA in English from SUNY Cortland kept me sane. Writing is all I’ve ever really wanted to do. After leaving a “big job” with a Colorado utility company in 2010, I’ve spent the past three years working odd jobs, temporary jobs, seasonal jobs, and writing. I’ve been able to rework this book. I also have another manuscript nearly finished.
I became a custodial parent of my three children in 1988. The following year I gave up on engineering studies and started taking English classes at OSU. This was the first of several decisions that can be characterized as either bold or inexplicably stupid. I also began to write at this time.
I met my second wife, Jean, in 1992. She was finishing her doctorate at OSU. I looked up from Beowulf and saw her in the hallway. Our marriage is the best result of my switch from Engineering to English.
We married in 1993, and the five of us moved to New York when Jean accepted a position at SUNY Cortland. I worked odd jobs and finished a BA in English from in 1997. I considered an MA program but decided to look for a “real job” instead. I finished my BS in Mechanical Engineering Technology in 2001, and I got an MA in English from SUNY Cortland in 2003.
We moved to Colorado in 2007. I found a “good job” with a utility company, performing reliability studies on power plant equipment. After three years of staring at a computer nine hours a day I made a bold move/inexplicably stupid move number two. I quit a position making more than I will ever make again, without having another job.
I’ve spent the past three years working odd jobs, temporary jobs, seasonal jobs, and writing. I reworked my first book. I also have another manuscript nearly finished. The only thing I’ve ever wanted to do (besides playing right field for the Cleveland Indians) was be a writer. Through a circuitous route, especially over the past three years, I have become a writer. Now I would like to be published writer on the “black” side of the ledger.
Most of all, I’d like to have people read and enjoy my books.