Let’s get one thing straight, right from the get-go: I am NOT an artist. I am a businessman and a professional. None of this “My art is so important! Writing is the noblest calling the the world!” crap from me. Because guess what: it ain’t. I’m writing stories, for entertainment. For fun, for you and for me. No lofty delusions of grandeur or higher meaning here. It’s for fun. Nada mas.
Still want to know who I am?
I have a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, a Master of Engineering Management Degree from Old Dominion University, and a Master of Business Administration Degree from the University of South Carolina. For going on 16 years now, I’ve served as a submarine officer in the US Navy. I’m married with four kids ages five and younger (yep, we’re a bit busy at home).
For fun, I am an advanced open water scuba diver, a private pilot, and a sailor. I enjoy running and biking long distances (I’ve run 3 marathons and recently completed a century bike ride around Lake Tahoe), skiing, weight lifting, and training in the martial arts. I like cigars, good wine, good scotch, and good beer (spoken: nothing with Light in the title). I root for the Redskins and the Red Sox. I’m a big fan of science fiction and fantasy stories, and enjoy reading about history, politics, economics, and the latest developments in science.
In late 2010, I decided to embark on a journey that I’d contemplated for a few years: I started writing a book. I’d often in the past thought it would be cool to be a published writer, but never did anything about it. For some reason, the holidays prompted me to start, and I haven’t looked back. Writing is just as fun as I thought it would be, so far. We’ll see where this goes, but one thing is certain. If I’m going to put in the effort to finish a book or six, I’m certainly going to try to sell it (them). I make no claim on being a guy who’s all about art and nothing else. I’m trained as an engineer and a businessman, for Pete’s sake! So I’m going to try to make a business of this.
But don’t let all that that fool you: I’m really a fun guy. Honest. Just ask my wife.