It began with the Science Fiction Book Club, spread to general literature in college and stayed with me throughout my professional career (journalist, educator & entrepreneur). "It" being the love of fiction that transports the reader to another reality.
Early writing attempts, including a creative writing course at Oberlin College, were juvenile. Later on they were confined to week-ends, but when computers came along, starts could be saved, and I could come back to them and push them along.
Over time some beginnings became middles where they naturally bogged down. Finally when I "semi-retired," I made the decision to see if a middle could be pushed to a finish.
One could and it exists today as The Expendable Man, a political thriller.
Knowing that I did it once, I've went back to some earlier starts and completed my second novel which I self-published early in 2012. Making the Grade is a police procedural featuring rookie detective Shannon Lynch. It takes place in Albany, NY in the year 2000.
A third novel, Last Stop on Desolation Ridge, will be self-published early in 2013.
My only ambition is to get better and to leave a legacy worth reading.