Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I left Trenton, New jersey in 1957 to join the Navy, where I served for 20 years, sailing the seven seas. My duty assignments sent me to serve aboard destroyers, diesel electric submarines, aircraft carriers, auxiliary vessels, reconnaissance attack squadrons and patrol gunboats in Vietnam. I retired as a chief petty officer and went on to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees. Since retiring from the Navy, I have worked as a shipyard welder’s helper, epidemiologist, adjunct graduate instructor, small business owner, pharmaceutical trainer and international radio host.
Exposure to Agent Orange while in Vietnam led to the Veterans Administration declaring me fully disabled. I now live in Jacksonville, Florida in close proximity to my three children, four grandchildren and a brand-new great grandson.
Since 2010 I have written and self-published ten books which span several genres.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I am a seat-of-the-pants writer who has a general idea where my work is going when I write each day, editing and revising the previous day’s effort. I talk to my characters often” “Well here you are in such-and such a situation. What are you going to do about it?”
What authors have influenced you?
James Thurber, John Mortimer, Jaroslav Hasek and more recently Hampton Sides.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I am in no position to offer advice to anyone.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Stay away from play for pay book review mills.
What are you reading now?
Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy.
What’s your biggest weakness?
Procastination. I joined a procrastinators anonymous group last year but we haven’t met yet.
What is your favorite book of all time?
A toss-up between The Good Soldier Svejk (Hasek) and The Thurber Carnival.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I have led a colorful life; my recollection of those who have come and gone and the events that have occurred over the years have given me ample material to share.
What are you working on now?
I am taking some time off after ten publications in ten years travel a bit.
What is your method for promoting your work?
A few social media outlets, military reunions where I am able to display my publications.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I may re-visit the Dublin, Ireland Writers Conference again and arrange for a table at the meeting book fair.
How well do you work under pressure?
Since full retirement in 2004 which was followed by my Agent Orange disability I have decided to eschew pressure and deadlines. So far, so good.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I am not certain as to what you mean by “tone.”
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