I grew up in Texas, Arkansas, and New Mexico, and served as a Navy officer on USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) an attack aircraft carrier. My ship’s home port was at NAS Alameda (near San Francisco) and when deployed, we operated in the Gulf of Tonkin, conducting air strikes against North Vietnam (1965-67). My work draws upon these experiences, among others.
As a retired university Professor Emeritus, I have numerous social science publications, including a book from Princeton University Press, and a co-authored book from Cambridge University Press (which won a national social science award).
During the last decade or so, I have completed online courses from the Creative Writing Program at the University of Iowa (my instructor said I was the best student she had in her five years in the Program) as well as the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and the Writer’s Digest Workshop.
I have published nonfiction pieces in the Concho River Review, Kentucky Living, White County Heritage, Fifty Something, Museum of the American Military Family (website) and Louisville Magazine. I am a member of SouthWest Writers; their critique service has given me encouraging feedback on some of my previous nonfiction work, as well as the suggestion to undertake a novel—something I had never before considered. Gifts of Snowflakes is the result. I have greatly enjoyed writing it.