My literary inspirations are J.K. Rowling, who also inspired my intellectually challenged son to become a reader. Speaking of my son, he is also one of my greatest inspirations, so I dedicated my first novel - Antiquity Calais: Standing at Armageddon - to him.
Although I am not a fan, I must confess that Hemingway had an impact on my writing style.
Richard Bach taught me how to think outside the box and provided many hours of reading pleasure during a time of my life that reading was not as important to me as it is now.
Politically, athough I am a Democrat, one of my heroes was Teddy Roosevelt, whose speech before the National Progressive "Bull Moose" Party in August of 1912 gave me the inspiration for the title of my first novel, mentioned above.
I have a bachelor's degree in communications from St. Joseph's College in Maine, and a master's degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. I presently teach communications courses for the University of Phoenix online.