I could write more than one bio, most writers can; everyone has baggage. I could say I was the product of a failed marriage, grew up in a time when single mothers were frowned on, so my self-esteem was non-exsistant, even though my Mother did everything she could to keep our heads held high. I could tell you that my grandfather wrote the textbook on water conservation, titled; People, Land and Water, way before its time, and even though he was a fine man, he never offered a word of encouragement to my Mother, or myself, because she was a playwright, and I was a child, writing fiction.
I could talk about my Father and how he ignored my sister and I throughout our childhood and then decades later after he was forgiven, he took his .22 pistol, walked out into a field behind his high-end neighorhood in Carson City, Nevada, and blew his head off. Thanks Dad.
There is more, but already less is more. We all have bad little things in our lives, secrets, and...stuff . My point being, I wish to share with you something nice in my life. So as mundane as it my sound or as pollyanna as it may appear, here are the good things that have happened in my life:
I've written since grade school and early short stories nearly always involved horses, primarily because my favorite book was about a horse called Broomstick. As a child I wrote and printed a newsletter called the Lindsey Lane News and sold it for a nickle a copy to our neighbors on the block. I garnered a nice circulation until in an effort to make my stories more entertaining, I listened in on private conversations and reported what I'd heard. Juicy fodder.
When the neighborhood complained, my newsletter lost its audience and that was the end of my publishing career. I was a cheeky kid and perhaps one of Southern California's youngest papparazzi; but even back then, it was all about the story; fortunately, I've picked up some manners along the way.
My major is Journalism/Communications and I studied creative writing at Ventura College. I was a feature writer for the Pirate Press, interviewing such sixties greats as The Zombies, Paul Revere and the Raiders, The Association, and The Lovin Spoonful. It was an exciting time and I was thrilled with having the opportunity to meet and write about a few of the decade's biggest names in the music business.
Later on I was a stringer and freelancer for various newspapers in California, Texas, Mississippi, and Utah. and I penned a weekly feature column for the Bonner County Daily Bee in Sandpoint, Idaho for three years called Old Friends.
I'm currently working various genre shorts and flash, and busy with a second revision of a dark YA novel with a working title: The Train Jumpers. I'm involved with a local writing group and classroom study is always on-going. Major influences are many but Sol Stein commands the top slot along with; Ian McEwan, Cormac McCarthy and David Guterson.
My motivation for writing? Heading to the Big Island to enjoy an ice cold bottle of Corona and lime at Rueben's cafe as the sun dips behind Mt. Kilauea....but only after I get the words right.