I grew up in the worlds created by novelists like John Saul, Stephen King, Mario Puzo and Peter Benchley. Spending countless hours with centuries-old supernatural beings, linguini-loving gangsters and underwater sea creatures gone wild, it was inevitable that one day I might consider trying my own hand at writing. Now I create my own worlds and probably spend too much time in them for my own good. But, since I started so late in the game, I figure I have a lot of catching up to do.
It wasn’t until my mid-thirties when I finally discovered who I really was and what I wanted to do. Heading back into the classroom, I spent countless evenings and weekends with my nose in textbooks instead of novels, and eventually graduated from Otterbein College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing.
My first published work, the novella Shadows Remain, was the culmination of a lot of years daydreaming about being a writer, a couple years saying ‘maybe I could actually do it,’ and one year putting my neck on the line, forging through my inhibitions and finally getting the job done.
My second book, the novel, Bone White, was birthed from experiences I had as a teenager with my friends in central Ohio. From there, it evolved into something my mother called, ‘disturbing.’ That’s how I knew I had accomplished what I set out to do with that one. Blackened, the sequel to Bone White, picks up where the first book leaves off and no, my mother has not yet chosen to read it.
The Winding Down Hours is a culmination of ten years of picking it up and putting it down. A true labor of love, this novel is worlds away from horror, but does deal with the conflict and intricacies of family life. It is a mainstream piece of literary fiction, perfect for those who shy away from the scary stuff.
I now live in Gahanna, Ohio, with my ever-supportive wife, Julie, where we are severely outnumbered by kids and pets who fashion a world that is sometimes more whacked out than any of the ones I create. Besides reading and writing, my other interests include movies, baseball, golf, travel and nature photography. And yes, I am currently hard at work on my next horror novel.
Besides being active on the ever-growing buffet of social media sites, I can also be reached through plain old email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to drop me a line and say hello…