Writing has always gotten me in trouble. Still does.
When I was in high school I wrote short stories instead of paying attention in math class. This did not help my math grade and would have serious consequences a few years later.
In college, I could be counted on for the divergent opinion. This was after my failed math forced a complete redirection of my life plan.
While in the Air Force, my anti-war sentiments did not become an issue, because I kept them secret. I did no writing except for my graduate school classes which I took while still in service. Even here, I was ever the contrarian, unwilling or unable to go where the others went. Fortunately, as a design major, my writing was of less concern than my draftsmanship.
With less than a month to go on my MA, and no job opportunities in sight, I left school lacking only my thesis and took a paying job at Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus World in Haines City Florida. Some of my experiences in the short time I was there provided background for both my first work and my current work in progress.
From there, I jumped across town to help open Orlando's first full time convention center. Those were exciting times and we took on challenges that had never been done before. When I left rather abruptly, twenty years later, I began my first novel, "Stagehands Walk" based on my own experiences, articles I had read in trade journals and anecdotes told me by colleagues. Reactions to this first effort from critics, agents, and even my family were disappointing to say the least. My online handle "Stagewalker" derives from this effort. I have returned to it recently. It's bad. It's dead.
For my next trick, I wrote a science fiction series. The few publishers willing to read it called it too character driven. Well, yeah, an eight volume series does need to be character driven.
A regional magazine published one of my short stories. They were starting a book division focusing on local authors and local themes. I wrote "Heron Baby Island" specifically for them. "Heron Baby Island" was problematical from the start. The original publisher abandoned the project and it is still not published although I hope to see it released soon. "Heron Baby Island" is the first in a series that will follow a high school nature photographer and his girl friend from their junior year in high school. Over the length of the series, he will shift from being a photographer who writes his own stories to being an activist journalist who takes his own pictures. She will progress through school, attain her law degree and run for office. Together, they and the friends they meet along the way will be tough to beat. The book is illustrated with color photographs at the chapter heads and section breaks.
The first published work was "Flying with Fairies" which was published by Club Lighthouse Publishing as an e-book. While it is not available for the Kindle, the sequel, "Flying with Fairies II, Love is in the Air" is available for the Kindle. When I told my family I was writing a fantasy, they thought it was pretty funny. It is a fantasy, but it has a bite as all my stuff does.
The second book picked up by Club Lighthouse and available for the Kindle is "The Adventures of Doogie Stone". It is an alternate history coming of age story about the third son of a powerful warlord in what we now call "New England" as it might have been if the Vikings and Irish explorers had not stopped at Greenland, and Iceland, but had arrived at Cape Cod and established sustainable colonies. The story opens after the colonies have been abandoned for two hundred years and now must face the arrival of the British. Aided by the "farmer son" and the "merchant son", the "warrior son" places his mark on history and wins the woman he loves.
"A Father's Ghost" was written in three frenetic months while I was on reduced work hours due to a business slow down. It is a young adult thriller about a girl who goes after a serial rapist with the help of the geeky owner of a small consumer electronics shop.
"Seeds of Anger" is photo illustrated and is an experiment in the use of character specific fonts and colors. It is about a high school student mentored by a renegade botanist who uses stolen seeds in his research. The boy and his friends must decide whether the work the man who has taught them and cared for them is doing is worth the price he is paying.
"Swamp Witch" also features character specific fonts and colors. When I originally wrote this, it was 15k words. I presented it to my critique group who told me I had not finished the story. It is now 35k words and you can probably figure out where I stopped the first time.
"Heron Baby Island" is due out soon. Publication dates have not been set for its sequel, "Citrus Sanctuary", the final volume of the "Fairies" series, or the third volume in the "Heron Baby Island" series all of which are essentially completed. There is yet another book lurking in the wings about a family active in the arts and a summer musical that goes hopelessly wrong. While it is completed, it lacks a title, which is an important consideration before publishing.
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