I went to Antioch College in the fifties--a gloomy time in many places, but not at Antioch, where intellectual curiosity, personal freedom, and comfortably left-wing politics were the norm. It was also the home of several remarkable theatre programs, and there I lost my heart to the stage and, not incidentally, to writing—first for the stage, later for other venues.
I participated in at least 80 theatre productions, many of these with the Antioch Area Theatre and Shakespeare Under the Stars, performing almost every theatrical task from directing to prompting. My verse play, Dark Wind Light Wind, was performed as the senior project of my friend Niela Miller. On the side, I played french horn and violin in the Springfield, Ohio Symphony and studied both violin and horn with private teachers.
What followed were many years in New York, as well as Italy, London, Iran, and rural New Hampshire, two excellent children and no writing.
I wrote my first novel at the age of 50 something, and here they are:
Of Griffins and Graffiti - a caper in which a group of middle class New York kids paint the word 'peace' on an intercontinental jet
Remembrance of the Sun - the love story of an American teenage girl and a young Iranian revolutionary just before the fall of the Shah. Put back in print by iUniverse and available there and elsewhere.
Jason and the Bard - a young actor spends the summer at a great Shakespeare festival
Enter Three Witches - a boy struggles to keep his new girl away from the three witches (mother, grandmother and housekeeper) in this home. Put back in print by iUniverse. Now available.
The Exchange Student - young visitors from a planet that has lost all its higher animals come to marvel at the zoological riches of Earth. Book I of The Animals of Chela trilogy. Still in print at Houghton Mifflin.
Rainbow Over a Dark Canal - An American girl finds first loneliness and misery, then love and joy while living for a year in Venice with her mother. Published as an ebook by Barnes and Noble. Available on Nook and on all computers and reading devices except Kindle.
The Caverns of Kwandalin - Animals are created to begin the repopulation of Chela. Book II of the trilogy that begins with The Exchange Student
Animals of Chela - Book III of the trilogy in which humans and Chelans unite to bring the extinct animals back to life and save them from hostile entities
The Missing Menagerie - a 30 page, potentially illustrated story of an 11th century boy who lets his father's menagerie of mythical animals go free