Growing up in northeastern Turkey in a very small village with long held traditions, my rebellious nature emerged at an early age. By the time I was ten, I had read, in secret, all of the Turkish translated stories of Mike Hammer. In addition, I read several of Dale Carnage’s works, and all of Yashar Kemal’s novels. My world burst out beyond that of my small village and I yearned for a more western way of life.
Defying my father, who wanted me to remain in the village to work and support our large family, I left home at fourteen and travelled first to Istanbul and soon, on to London. In London my obsession was to complete my high school education and then a college degree in engineering. I supported myself by working full-time and earning scholarships from Inner London Education Authority. My long held belief was that, to earn an honorable and respectable living, I must complete my engineering degree and that no other employment would suffice. My creative side, however, began emerging when my drama and literature teacher cast me in a play in which my performance earned rave reviews from the audience. My insatiable appetite for literature widened to include the classics of Dickens, D.H. Lawrence and the Russian masters.
While at Hatfield Polytechnic, I made my first visit to the U.S. as an exchange student with the British Universities North American Club. I made the move to the U.S. in 1976 and proudly became a U.S. citizen in 1985. While living in Atlanta, Georgia, I followed my creative yearnings, attending the Alliance Theater School and studying at the SAG Conservatory of Georgia, which eearning my Screen Actors Guild card. In 1994, my wife and I moved to Los Angeles, where I continued my studies at the Roby Theater Company and the Shakespeare, A Noise Within Theater Workshop.
Along with acting, writing became a natural outlet for my creative yearnings. I have published several short stories and just completed Murder on the Naval Base which is now available on Kindle. I am currently working on two novels; one a sequel to Voice of Conscience, and another murder mystery.