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I've wanted to be a writer since crafting my first work of fiction in Second Grade. Titled "Susie and the Bunnies" it was a direct rip-off of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" that I had seen the previous Summer. But, even though "inspired" by the work of others, it showed me the great power of how you could create people, places and events by doing little more than just imagining them.

In the intervening years between the ages of seven and forty, I thought about writing the "great American novel" frequently, and even attempted it a few times. When I turned forty a few years ago, I figured it was time to get serious about this goal...I was approaching the 50% point of my life and there were still a lot of things I wanted to accomplish. By this time in my life, I felt like I had a point of view to tell and believed it was time. (When helping to clean out my mother's house after her death and finding a lot of my earlier work, I believe now it was a good thing--for all of us--that I waited!)

"Chasing the Light" at its most basic level is intended to be a fun, adventurous "beach" or "airplane" book; the historical mystery/treasure hunt genre of which I've always been fond. But, on another level, I hope it strikes a chord of the importance of faith and hope and the belief that the universe unfolds as it does for a reason; and that everything will be ok. As I say in the book, "Sometimes , all any of us need is just to feel that everything will be ok."

I reside in Columbus, OH with my partner of sixteen years. I'm currently working on a second novel that will continue the treasure hunting adventures of Gabriel Patrick.


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