I am an award-winning journalist, photographer, and newspaper editor, raised in the Palo Pinto Mountain country of North Central Texas, the "Cradle of the Cattle Industry."
I have written both fiction and non-fiction, and been published nationally as well as a contributing writer and photographer for the Associated Press. I've been fortunate to include interviews with such notables as actor/artist Buck Taylor, famed business woman Alice Walton and computer pioneer Bob Beemer.
I am currently the managing editor of a weekly newspaper in North Central Texas - The Lake Country Sun.
I have also published The Golden Amulet, a western novel with “a twist,” that was influenced by a number of diverse, and perhaps, contradictory elements. Everything from the Peru symbols to the death of JFK.
I am a retired 20-year Army career veteran and was a bomb disposal and munitions technician and was fortunate to work with the United States Secret Service on presidential and VIP protective service details.
I guess the influence for writing westerns has been two-fold. The richness of a time when a person lived by his wits and his sense of justice dictated his actions. The other was a love of the West from the beginning - watching the Saturday morning TV shows and using my imagination later to reenact those scenes.