I’ve had a diversified, and somewhat peripatetic life, lived on three continents, spanning over seven decades, four careers, two wives, three children, and four granddaughters.
I was raised in Seattle, Washington, the eldest of three sons of a strict father and a loving mother. I drove an old jalopy and got a tattoo when I was seventeen (I subsequently had it removed). I graduated from the University of Nebraska, have a Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin and have done doctoral work at the University of Southern California where I reached the ABD level.
I was an army officer for twenty-five years, two of which were spent in combat in Vietnam, but the best three were in Germany. This career took me all over the world and, of course the US. At about the time I was preparing to retire, I met and married Elaine Head, a Canadian and have made my home in Canada ever since. My second career, which spanned almost twenty years, was that of a management consultant. The money was good, but the demands were intense and living out of a suitcase while criss-crossing the country on a weekly basis was not fun. So I mothballed my suits, bought a sailboat and started teaching sailing. This paid next to nothing, but was fun and provided an opportunity to meet lots of great people. Finally I hatched my current career as a writer. This also pays next to nothing so far but is immensely satisfying.
My interest In writing stems ln part from my lifelong love of books and reading but is also attributable in large measure to several courses I took all those many years ago as an undergraduate. Two courses in American Literature introduced me to Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Steinbeck, Michener, Wolf and others and a course on Creative Writing triggered a love of metaphors, similes and lyrical prose.
Although my childhood and army career shaped a set of conservative values and attitudes, over the long arc of my life I have evolved into a much more socially conscious, and I hope sensitive, person. I think this is reflected in the two books I have written, both of which address contemporary social problems.
People have asked why, after collaborating on a non-fiction book with Elaine, I turned to fiction. The main reason is because I wanted to expose the ugliness of child trafficking in Southeast Asia and felt that a compelling story might reach a wider audience than the non-fiction genre. Albert Camus is credited with saying,”fiction ls the lie through which we tell the truth.”