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Recovering social worker who knows the mean streets of San Francisco, NYC and rural California. Sees World as Weird.

Background Information

As a child, major intellectual influences were L. Frank Baum and Edgar Rice Burroughs, both of whom I still read on occasion. I was also exposed to James Churchward, a strange man who wrote about the lost lands of Atlantis and Mu. I disagreed with most of my contemporaries and school teachers who believed too much imagination is a bad thing.

More than 20 years with a day job as social worker taught me there is nothing stranger in this world than human beings. On the side, I became involved in the study of anomalies in archeology, and unusual phenomena. I discovered that the study of history provides insight into many other strange happenings. Later influences were Charles Fort and Robert Anton Wilson, who inspired my Chapel Perilous.

Having grown up in San Francisco, I am intrigued by many of the odd characters who inhabit that city. In that respect it has not changed much since the 19th Century. The Gold Rush period was a grand story, full of mad actors, crazy artists and ordinary folk trying to get rich. As a writer, most of my stories originate with character rather than plot; this era of history overflows with material. Occasionally someone asks me about writer's block, or about where I find ideas. I always respond with a question: How can you NOT find ideas?

Birth Place
Minneapolis, MS USA

"Gold,a Tale pf the California Gold Rush" was an Eppie finalist in 2009. Member of Western Writers of America

Additional Information

Just published "The Imaginary Emperor," a novel inspired by the life of Emperor Norton of San Francisco. Publisher is Untreed Reads. Another book about Black Bart is under review by a different publisher. Am currently at work on a tale inspired by Wovoka, the Paiute Messiah.

Favorite Links

Charged Barticle
Please wander in my web site. There's info about my books, as well as stories of the unusual and weird.

Best Reads
About "Chapel Perilous" on my publisher's web site.

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