I was born in New York in 1948. Writing has been my passion, though never my vocation. I studied History, Philosophy and Religion in college. I was about to go off to do my graduate work in Medieval History, when I was confronted by the draft. I couldn’t see my taking another’s life, no matter what the justification; nor could I see myself turning my back of my responsibility as a member of this national community. So, I enlisted in the US Coast Guard. My test scores were higher than most, so I was asked if I would consider being trained for a new rating, one that had just been created. Of course, I agreed. I was then trained as Marine Science Technician. Our sole purpose, in those early days, was to gather data on the world’s oceans. Data that would be used to form a baseline for research into what was then being called, “global warming”.
I really enjoyed that.
Following my military duties, I married and proceeded to waste the next twenty five years as an insurance broker.
I really hated that.
During that period of my life, I was lucky enough to become the father of a wonder son, Jason. Galanor is the product of several stories I made up to entertain him. During this time I obtained my black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do and learned how to fence.
As I could see my fiftieth year approaching, I decided it was time to get to work on something I wanted to do, and not something I had to do. I began writing the Galanor Saga. I tried for years to get a publisher or agent to accept my work. That didn’t work. So, I had to evaluate my options and design a new course of action. I decided to self publish. This was a big step, and required a lot of thought and faith.
Eventually, I had to make a decision: either stay mired in my counterproductive and spiritually crippling life; or, roll life’s dice and fully surrender myself to my dream of being a novelist.
I chose the later.
I quit my job; cashed in all my IRA’s, thus removing my only financial safety net; and set out to design, market and sell my book. For the next two years this was my life. Unfortunately, I ran out of money. Despite the fact that I had received numerous rave reviews for my work (including the Science Fiction Book Club and on Amazon. Com); had sold nearly a thousand copies, worldwide; and had garnered the interest of a Hollywood producer; I just couldn’t go on. Reluctantly, I was for to abandoning my project.
Years later, I approached your office to produce a digital copy of my novel.
Which brings us to today...
On a personal note, I have a wonderful son, Jason who is an Art Teacher. He is married and has three children, my beautiful and intelligent grandchildren: Michael, Logan and Rebecca.
My interests (and the object of most of my outside reading) include Archeology, Anthropology, Astrophysics, and History (with an emphasis of the “Classic” world). I make my living, alongside my brother as a Personal Trainer.
Having had three failed marriage, I prefer the more life affirming relationship I have had and continue to have with my retired racing greyhounds. My current companion is a young fellow named, Oberon.
I’m a vegetarian, Taoist (I meditate three times a day) and exercise nut (putting in an average of two hours a day).