Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have been a trial attorney in Chicago, Ill., for the past 39 years concentrating my practice in the area of defending employers in workers’ compensation and employers’ liability cases. My hobbies are writing and growing grapes and making wine at my vacation home in Healdsburg, CA.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I wrote two books. My first was a memoir, Chicago Law: A Trial Lawyer’s Journey. It is an inspirational memoir paying tribute to the many people who helped me to become a man and a trial attorney. My second book, Tales From Healdsburg, A Story of Self-Awakening, is a spiritual/transcendental work of my spiritual growth and discoveries, relating moral lessons told in the method of Aesop.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I only write when I am inspired to do so. When I write the words pour out of me and it is almost like someone is telling me the story and I can hardly type fast enough to get it all out. Then I review it and edit it exhaustively, sometimes up to 50 times fleshing it out and organizing it as I go.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
James Joyce, Joseph Campbell, Ernest Hemmingway, John Grisham
What are you working on now?
I am waiting for inspiration.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Follow your bliss; write about whatever moves you and inspires you.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Just be yourself.
What are you reading now?
The Portrait of An Artist As A Young Man, by James Joyce
What’s next for you as a writer?
I want to write a fantasy about a make believe world that exists just beyond this dimension that I am introduced to by a stranger who accompanies me as a tour guide, similar to Dante exploring Hell, Purgatory and Heaven in the Divine Comedy.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Author Websites and Profiles
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