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Biography

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Graduation Time

How many of my friends have kids graduating this week? Everyone knows kids grow up to fast, but there are events that hammer those moments home like a Monty Python fish-slap to the face. Graduation from Elementary school is such an event. It was a big moment for The-Youngest, for sure, and the-Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World and I …

ABOUT ME

So who am I? As I said on the main page, if you ask me who I am, I will say, hey, just joe. An average guy doing average things.
Which is true.

But that doesn’t really say who I am. By reading my blogs or looking at my pictures, or heck, just checking out the website, you’ll get a good idea of who I am. However, if you need more, well then, read on, my friends. I am an ever-evolving Joe, but some things have made me who I am.

If you find the secret page, I’ll reveal all. Well, ok, not all, but more. Much more.

In the meantime, know that I am an Aquarius.  A traveler.  A gamer.  A dog owner.  A writer. A stepdad to 2 amazing boys and a husband to the Prettiest-Girl-in-the-World.

Writing

Top 10 Discoveries About My Book

Are you surprised how your book turned out? Now, spoiler alert, this is a longer post than normal. Get into your comfy underwear, pour yourself a glass of whiskey, put your feet up on the dog and continue. Yager’s War has come so far since it’s inception back in 2016, but my first historical novel has …

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Life is Better With Plans, Right?

It’s been a while since I blogged and to my six fans out there, I apologize. However. I have a plan. I’ve spent the last six months working on my novel, Yager’s War, a historical mystery set in 1940s Holland (about a Chicago detective who must find his missing sister before the Germans invade) and …

The Day We Became Avengers – Vegas

Ok, so here’s the set-up for the Avenger’s Tour at Treasure Island… The world has been attacked by robots, Loki’s goblins, creatures from another dimension, the Red Skull’s super soldiers and James Spader. Seems the Avengers need help. Seems we are recruited into S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (Scientific Training and Tactical Intelligence Operative Network) to assist them. How …

6th Day in Vegas –

I have to have a plan. I still can’t quite play it totally “by ear.” It may be something I need to work on in therapy. Or after a bottle of wine. But today’s plan? An adventure for me, (I would have said, “an adventure for the boyz”, but the truth was, it was for …

Top 10 Cool Facts About the Grand Canyon.

I admit it. I love facts. Facts are fun. Here are a few.. 1)94% of the Grand Canyon is untouched by humans. That information makes we want to go touch things. Same with The-Youngest. Give him a year there, though, and he’ll have touched everything. 2) They totally goofed up how long people had been …

Writing Bio

I wrote my first book at the age of 9. Invasion of the Mole People. Blue construction paper cover. Twenty handwritten pages. Eleven illustrations. Jam smears on a few pages. My parents loved it. My teachers loved it. My friends loved it. I knew then that I wanted to be a writer.

Throughout my school years, I continued to write, creating many worlds, characters, and adventures – mostly in Dungeons and Dragons. But it was there I learned how important it was to keep people hooked on a story, have the people they love put in terrible danger, and always have a romantic interest for the girls.

By the end of high school, I even attempted my first novel, Starborn, which was a story about a hunter of rogue androids who doesn’t realize he was an android. I received an A in English class and a stack of rejection letters.

Sadly, out of high school, I did not pursue a writing career in any shape or form. Instead, I chose the very exciting field of accounting. Oh, the glory, the challenges, the excitement! But I still kept on writing. However, it wasn’t until many years later when one of my work colleagues remarked, upon reading my latest newsletter called Joe News, that I should write for a living.

I decided to get serious again. I wrote my first real novel. The Elementals. A weight-lifting eight hundred pages about a boy who must understand his true powers if he was to stop the world from being overrun by demons. More rejection letters.

I realized that if I wanted to get published, I would have to learn from experts. So, I went to conferences, learning about how to create a better book from writers, agents and editors. I even went down to several workshops in Oregon run by Dean Wesley Smith and Kris Rusch where I worked with an amazing group of writers, from Sean Sommerville (writing now as Sean Slater), to Loren Coleman, JP Haines, Jay Lake, Adriane Phoenix, Pati Nagle and even Laura Anne Gilman, though back then she was an editor.

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