I’ve been a practicing writer all my life, starting with a small-town weekly newspaper column and regional Southern California magazines in my youth, to corporate communications for my own businesses and client projects, and on to published nonfiction books. As a veteran entrepreneur I've forged my own path with a diverse range of skills, but technology has always been at the core since my early U.S. Army mainframe “keypunch” days in Germany (as in the vintage photo below, when hair was abundant and it came with color).
The promise of a burgeoning software industry drew me from Southern California to the Pacific Northwest in the 1990s, where I founded a software company with a brilliant product and a bright future—but a short lifespan. It was then I decided to start work on a long-planned novel, and while freelance consulting I chanced upon the best part-time side gig I’ve ever had—as a literary media escort for authors on book tour through Seattle.
For several years, mainly in spring and fall when new books hit the shelves, I had the great pleasure of spending time with scores of the most talented authors writing today, while managing the Seattle media leg of their tours. The work was intense and fast-paced, usually lasting one to three days or so, until each author boarded a plane for the next city on tour. It was during this time I had the privilege of escorting primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall, and over the next three days we formed a remarkable bond, one that a few years later resulted in our collaborative work on Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating.
These days IT consulting keeps my left brain engaged, while the right is nurtured by writing and an enthusiasm for written history, best appreciated as a dealer in rare books and handwritten manuscripts, along with other literary treasures that stir my interest. Those who share this passion know that few things compare to holding history in your hands—a letter written by Abraham Lincoln, for example, or one by Truman Capote discussing work on his book In Cold Blood.
It was this last acquisition, in fact, that sparked the adventures leading up to my forthcoming book, And Every Word Is True, a new look into the investigation of the infamous 1959 Clutter family murders, heinous crimes chillingly portrayed in Capote's book. Having prevailed in a four-year lawsuit launched by the State of Kansas—a tenacious campaign of suppression and intimidation to prevent our book’s publication—And Every Word Is True will soon be required reading for anyone who thinks In Cold Blood was the last word on one of America’s most iconic true crimes. It isn't.
(Viewable version coming soon in the Evidence Room)
Beyond writing, technology, and history, over the years I've volunteered time and resources to worthy organizations whose work I support, including the Jane Goodall Institute, Seattle Humane Society, Washington Technology Industry Association, Nautical Heritage Society, SummerTree Institute, and, in my earliest days, as president of the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, member of the Orange County Marine Institute Board of Trustees, and in 1977, co-founder of the first Dana Point Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 10K Run, still going strong.
I am an active member of the Authors Guild, PEN America, International Thriller Writers, Alliance of Independent Authors, Manuscript Society, and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders Legacy Society.
And I’m still working on that novel.