The oldest of five children, I was born in Refugio, Texas in 1953. Our family led a largely normadic life due to my father’s military career (retired USAF). I began school in Sherman, Texas, graduated high school in Sherman and attended a dozen schools in between. As a child I lived throughout Texas, moved to California, Japan and then back to Texas.
The normadic lifestyle didn’t suit me. I began my career in the financial industry working for a company that moved me several times in the first few years and finally transferred me to Oklahoma for what was expected to be a permanent position. The one thing you can count on in life is constant change. My permanent position turned out to be temporary when the company sold their offices six months after moving me. Things usually work out the way they do for a reason. I found a position with a savings and loan and assumed I would retire with that company, but we all know what happened to the savings and loan industry. I decided to open a mortgage company and spent the next twenty years making home loans. Tired of the mortgage industry, I sold the business and built homes for a few years.
The construction business turned out much like the savings and loan industry and I decided to write about the economic changes and the reasons for the change. Originally intended to be a few pages on a website, Fiat Money and the Conspiracy Behind It expanded into a book. Diverting to a less serious matter when I realized people are more interested in entertainment than the economy I wrote One Life’s Blemish. With a little success I decided to write another novel, Special Abilities, and signed a contract with Old Line Publishing to publish it.
As I stated earlier, things turn out the way they do for a reason. For years I questioned my decisions to reject positions with companies out of state, especially one in particular, in Hawaii. Then one day I began to realize if I had made any of the other choices I would not have met my wife Michele and I wouldn’t have the opportunity to spend the time I do with my grandson, something I dearly love to do.
Will I achieve success writing novels? Who knows? The one thing for sure is life continues on until it doesn’t and I intend to spend every day as if it were my last.