I was published by "The Library of Congress" at 19. My current novel FILL MY EYES has received tremendous reviews and my second novel, THE BACKSIDE OF YESTERDAY is presently with a literary agency for review/reading. BROKEN WINDOWS REFLECTIONS OF A FOOL a book of verse is now in print. An article on writing has been recently featured in a prestigious literary magazine 3/2010, as well as being the featured writer on two internet sites.
I won the John Steinbeck Short Story Award in my early twenties. I began in earnest with a book of poetry published in audio form by The Library Of Congress for their visually impaired visitors. Although this was a public service, Broken Windows was honored more than for mere profit.
My writing became very sporatic afterwards and I did not seriously attempt publishing until a year ago. "Fill My Eyes" is a book of "lost" values, the values this nation once possessed and made it so great. The novel has been reviewed by readers and the media including: The Utah Book Review, Flipkart (India) and the internet Review Scout to much acclaim.
My novels are all set in my native homeland of Salt Lake City and are social commentaries with a strong mystery thread. "Fill My Eyes" is only available in "brick and mortar" bookstores in largest metro areas and online worldwide.
Broken Windows (parts are available on this site) is a project that will be published in book form for the first time in within a couple of weeks and will be available through Amazon. As of 11/18/09, the book is now available.
Falon Rising, a very large novel, is part fantasy/ science fiction and social commentary and is a work in progress. It has a something for every reader. This book has been put on the back burner for a new novel in progress.
Shadows is a semi-autobiographical novel dealing with a dysfunctional year in the life of a child. It has also been set aside for now.
Heart of a Hobo, a sequel to The Backside of Yesterday is the author's most current project.
I have a moto I live by: If you have to pay to get published, then you are short changing your talent and should throw away your pen. This pertains to publishing "only", not for marketing packages and book covers (if required).
Steinbeck is my favorite writer and I model my work after this great social commentator. My writing style is more akin to Faulkner, but not as difficult. Faulkner in most cases has to be studied, not read. He touched on subjects people were not always willing to face. This is a very important facet of a truthful author. Although our social values differ somewhat, I walk in the shadows of very large, overwhelming footsteps. I also love reading John O'Hara, an unfairly overlooked author today. He had the perfect ear for dialogue and could propel a story that was totally dialogue driven. The footsteps get larger and larger. To be just a fraction as good as these two literary giants, would be my greatest accomplishment.
I hope to reach a wide readership one day. I have something to say and want to help people through my writing. Should I ever become a huge success, I have pledged to help those in need. The sinking ship of those losing their jobs and life, the passenger list grows larger as time passes.