A Literary Journey
It's gratifying to see how time and space can bring together two people who love good writing. Here at my one-and-only Internet home, you'll find the best of the best. Please take a little time to check out my latest and future book offerings (Books), ask me a question, engage in a voluntary exchange of unbiased ARC book reviews for our mutual benefit (Contact), or ask for a little help when you simply need a proven pro in your corner (Struggling Writers).
And, yes, the rumors are true. I've been writing for publication now for nearly half a century. I penned my first novel at the age of fifteen--an unplished book that, I admit, was just awful! Fortunately, my work has improved a bit since then. Today, I have somewhere around ninety conventionally published books and thousands of published short stories, articles, columns, and scripts to my credit.
I have been called by reviewers a superb craftsman and by others a top book, magazine, and newspaper editor, which shows I have experienced publishing from both sides of the desk--as writer and as editor. I also know the uphill battle that struggling young (and not so young!) writers face today, and I continue to honor a lifelong commitment to help talented, deserving authors get the opportunity to succeed in an increasingly hostile and competitive marketplace. (Check out Struggling Writers in the menu above.)
As founder of Creative Writing Workshop and a former instructor of journalism, fiction, photography, music, and downhill skiing, I'm the former Dean of English at Chicago's Fox Community College; a native of the Windy City, and a graduate of Columbia College. I've spent much of my adult life traveling the world, although I have now pretty much settled down in the Rocky Mountain states of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Utah. In addition to writing, I occasionally mentor other authors and work as a freelance book editor, doctor, and ghostwriter. I'm also an independent literary scout for conventional book publisher Elektra Press and am, thus, always on the lookout for remarkable new talent to showcase to the world.
If that includes you, get in touch with me. I'd love to get acquainted with your work.
"Good writing is the result of good writers dedicated to their craft; it never occurs by accident or happenstance!"