"There is a writer in all of us!
The influences most notable in my life, other than being a born again Christian, begin with my 7th & 8th grade English Teacher, Ms. Donnie Watts. Ms. Donnie took no prisoners when it came to the use of the English Language; we conjugated verbs, we diagrammed sentences, we had spelling bees, we had to read aloud from the classics, and were even graded on our penmanship. I was also schooled by Mrs. Haller in Latin I & II, although as a teenager I had no idea how valuable my early education would be.
When I retired in 2004 I followed the teachings of Ms. Julia Cameron in her book, "The Artist's Way". I learned to simply write down by hand, my thoughts, in a free-flowing manner every morning for 12 weeks; on a morning in week 9, with my pen and 3 pages of yellow legal paper, my first story began to tell itself.
I have been good at many things: Sales, Sales Mgmt., U.S. Air Force Physiological Training Instructor, Space Suit Technician/Rescue Tech at NASA, Auto Dealership Service Advisor,
Fleet Sales Mgr, Musician/High School Band Director, Landscape worker and Supervisor ... so you can see the pattern ... I am blessed with many talents but was never happy with any career until I began to write.
I most enjoy writing fiction because it allows the 'little boy' in me to come forth and be free to let his imagination roam just as Ms. Julia Cameron taught me.
I am now happier than I have ever been before because I now have my beloved laptop, my grandchildren whom I adore, both 'my exes who live in Texas' and are friends of mine, and a fine co-author named Raymond D. Mason, author of over 60 books himself.(We co-authored the first three books of the "American Knights" series.)
I have recently published via CreateSpace and Kindle, the fourth in a series of historical novels based on my 'Knight ancestry';
"American Knights-Book I, "Miles Knight: The Immigrant", published March 3, 2014.
"American Knights-Book II,"Miles Knight: The Patriot", published April 30, 2014.
"American Knights-Book III, "Miles Knight: The Saboteur", published December, 3, 2014.
"American Knights-Book IV, "Miles Knight: The Avenger", published January 22, 2015.
"My cup runneth over."