If you’re reading this, then chances are you’ve read one of my books or are considering doing so. Or, maybe you just clicked on a link by mistake while on your way to something more interesting.
Doesn’t matter. Welcome!
So…about me. Yeah…well, you see, it’s like this: I used to be a software developer and analyst, having become a slave to Corporate America after spending quite a bit of time in the U.S. Marine Corps. Why did I join the military? Pretty simple, really. I’d gotten tired of people telling me what to do all the time, and was looking for a change.
In truth, I joined for a handful of different reasons, from carrying on a family tradition to wanting a challenge unlike anything else I’d faced to that point to simpler stuff like just wanting to see the world. I’m proud of my time spent in uniform. I gave Uncle Sam eleven years, and he gave me a long list of skills and experiences that continue to serve me to this day. I think I got the better end of that deal by a fairly wide margin.
I spent a lot of years in the corporate/cubicle jungle as a software developer. I wrote code for everything from ginormous mainframes to PC-based applications and even handheld barcode reader thingees, each with their own language, mood swings, turn-ons and turn-offs, and so on and so forth. Some of the stuff we created was used by five or six people, and other systems were installed at Marine Corps installations around the world.
After my writing “on the side” as a creative outlet evolved into a secondary revenue stream, I said goodbye to my day job in September 2014 and embarked on a bold new journey as a full-time writer.
Though I’ve written a bunch of short stories and novels on my own, I’ve written a lot more in collaboration with my friend and fellow author, Kevin Dilmore. What types of stories do I like to write? Pretty much the same kind I like to read: Engaging plots with interesting characters. Oh, and I’d like for the stories not to suck. Whether I actually succeed in making it over that bar is for you to decide.
I’ve written for magazines and websites as opportunities arise. You may have seen articles I wrote (or co-wrote with Kevin) in the pages of genre publications like Star Trek Magazine and Famous Monsters of Filmland and on sites such as Tor.com and StarTrek.com.
I was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, but fate and circumstances have seen to it that my family and I now call the Kansas City area home. My wife spends a great deal of time and effort as a volunteer K-9 handler and search & rescue tech, training along with other volunteers in order to assist law enforcement when searching for missing persons. As you can imagine, there are a few story ideas to be gleaned from that.
I’m also the proud papa of two beautiful daughters. If you hang around here for any length of time, you’re going to have to deal with me bragging about them on occasion. That’s the price you pay, yo.
And so, with that? Welcome to the Fog.
(Programming Note: Pretty much everything that’s dated prior to August 1st, 2011 originally was posted to my LiveJournal. When I set up this new space, I imported everything from there to here, but that process, unfortunately, doesn’t include any comments attached to various entries. That sucks, frankly, because a lot of those comments fostered some pretty cool discussions. That’s just one of the reasons I’ve elected to maintain the archive over on that platform, at least until such time as I find or figure out a way to bring those comments to their counterpart entries over here. Meanwhile, play on, boys and girls.)