I grew up in west central Wisconsin. Watching aircraft from nearby Ft. McCoy fly overhead got me interested in both the military and aviation.
I attended the University of Minnesota after graduating high school. After college graduation I reported to MCRD San Diego CA to start my military career in the U.S. Marine Corps. During twenty years of active duty I served as an aircraft ground support equipment technician, Communications Officer, and CH-53E Helicopter Pilot. Serving most of my time on the west coast I had numerous overseas deployments.
Upon retiring from the military I took a job supporting an active duty Operational Test squadron, primarily supporting the CH-53K program. I also did a small stint as the Business Manager for a small family owned military contracting business in Lexington Park, MD, Process Improvement at the University of Louisville Hospital, Army Recruiting at Fort Knox, and am currently an Aviation Instructor for a large logistics company in Louisville, KY.
My wife and I enjoy riding motorcycle, watching football, binge watching TV shows, and attending concerts. We also enjoy spending time with family and friends whenever the opportunity arises.
My start in writing began when, in a discussion with my wife about ‘bucket list’ items, I mentioned I’d wanted to write a book someday. At my wife’s strong suggestion to “go for it!”, I did, which keeps in line with our ‘no regrets’ policy. The subsequent journey has been one of enlightenment, hard work, and the realization of a desire and passion for writing.
I initially created the characters for Dogs of Warr in 1986. The first incarnation being comic book characters drawn in a sketchbook. The first novel, in a planned series of (at least) five, was a way to bring those characters to life, giving them depth and dimension. I have also brought some of my other drawn characters to life. Skull & Crossbownes appear in their debut novella, Chronicles of Skull & Crossbownes: The Atlantis File, with the intent of developing that into a series as well.
While only a ‘part time’ author, it’s become a ‘full-time’ passion for me and the ideas keep flowing, eventually winding up on ‘paper’.
I sincerely hopes others will hop on to enjoy the ride I’m taking my characters on!!