Some of my earliest memories are of being on the Licking River, running trotlines and bank poles with my dad as the thick early morning fog made us invisible from shore. I grew up hunting and fishing the woods and streams of eastern Kentucky and loved every moment of it. Because of my love of the outdoors, I learned about life and about the realness of death and what it is really like to take the life of a living thing and to only do it out of necessity or for food.
As a teenager, I read all the hunting and fishing magazines and one day found Louie Lamoure and fell in love with the cowboy life. Later, I read The Old Man And The Sea and was certain I had found the true words of a God. Few writers have appealed to me with their words as Hemingway. His writing on fishing, hunting Africa and on war was done with a realness I understood.
As I grew older, I picked up my pen and managed to write a few short stories that a local fishing magazine published and I was hooked. Since, I have worked hard to hone my skill as a writer and have been lucky enough to have had several poems and a hand full of short stories published. My first novel, Where Islands Are was published in mid 2011 and I am now working on a second novel.
I have been married to the same woman since 1976 and we have five children, four sons and one daughter, we also have seven grandchildren with two more on the way. Late in 2011, we left Kentucky and moved to Florida where we now live on the gulf coast.