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Author of Backstop: A Baseball Love Story In Nine Innings, January's Paradigm, One Hot January, January's Thaw, The Cobb Legacy, A Retrospect In Death (forthcoming) and 500 Miles To Go (forthcoming).

Background Information

I was named for Joseph Conrad, my dad's favorite writer.

Major influences include Thelonious Monk, one of the founding fathers of bebop in the 40s—he persevered as his music was often ridiculed, and now enjoys his greatest success posthumously. Gene Wolfe is another major influence—a writer in the science fiction genre, Mr. Wolfe writes with grace, style and great intellect.

Mom and Dad, too: Dad, who hated that I read comic books in my youth; he feared I'd never outgrow the trashy literature of my pre-teens. He now knows differently.

Birth Place
Detroit, MI USA

Backstop: A Baseball Love Story In Nine Innings was nominated as a 2010 Michigan Notable Book and adopted by The Lewis Department of Humanities at the Illinois Institute of Technology as required reading for their spring 2011 course "Baseball: America’s Literary Pastime."

Apex Reviews awarded The Cobb Legacy its highest rating of 5 stars, hailing the book as “... an eye-opening tale of drama, scandal, and intrigue highlighting the living, breathing history of a fatally-flawed, intrepid folk hero.”

Current Entertainment Monthly (Ann Arbor, MI) wrote of January's Paradigm: "Personal identity—the slipperiness and malleability of it—make up the major theme of the story ... (readers) will not be able to put it down."

Additional Information

Born October 21, 1956. I have no desire to write the All American Best Seller—the first table I bypass in any bookstore I visit is the Best Seller table. Being a best seller doesn't mean it's the best literature. I want to write what pleases me and hope that my audience will find me. One of my favorite quotes: "Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence–whether much that is glorious–whether all that is profound–does not spring from disease of thought–from moods of mind exalted at the expense of the general intellect." —Edgar Allen Poe. I live in Northville, Michigan. Photo courtesy of Sommerville Photographie

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