I've wanted to be a writer ever since I learned to read. Having to earn a living kept me from it, but in retirement I cut loose. I think my main reason for writing now is to get readers to see things the way I see them.
My major influences, I suppose, are my favorite authors: Henry Fielding, Mark Twain, and Miguel de Cervantes. As a young man I was mentored by Ray Bradbury and Henry Kuttner.
Sweet Betsy from Pike tries to get people to see the folksong it's based on as the story of a girl growing up into a strong woman. The Robin Hood Chronicles attempts to show Robin Hood as I came to see him after digging into the oldest sources of the legend. Adolf Hitler in Oz has two main purposes: (1) to show that goodness and love always triumnph over evil and hate and (2) to show that no man is created evil and even Hitler can learn to become a person. Huckleberrry Finn Grows Up is a sequel to Mark Twain's classic and takes Huck from 1842, when he's about 14, to 1865.