I was born late one hot July night in Clinton, Iowa. I stuck around and ended up graduating from Clinton High School. After that, I went on to earn a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa and an M.F.A. at the Iowa Writers Workshop and later, an M.A. from Appalachian State University. After four years in the USAF, serving in The Republic of the Philippines and Massachusetts, I took off for a year of living in Europe, hitching from Ireland to Israel. When I returned, I married Lisa and we have two daughters, Rowe, a published poet living nearby, and Caitlin, a Ph.D. history professor in New England. Currently I am an English professor at a small college in South Carolina. I have published my work in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, and a novel via the National Institute of Mental Health. This autumn my second mainstream commercial novel,A Far Gone NIght, the sequel to Signs of Struggle will be published by Neverland Press. I have just completed a second draft of another novel entitled, Taking A Chance On Love, a mainstream literary Southern romantic comedy that was very much fun to write.
I am writing this blog for several reasons. One is to entertain, hoping that my warped sense of humor and skewed view of life will put smiles on people’s faces. I am also writing this blog as a way to provide insight into the life of a struggling writer, and perhaps inspiration for those of you who write, or at least dream of writing. And, candidly, I am writing this blog because my publisher thought it would be a good idea, and she is very smart.