I'm a recovering Nuclear Engineer and MBA with 38 years' experience writing technical and professional documents of all kinds. I retired from the U. S. Navy as a civil servant in January 2020, expecting to become a gig-writer providing technical content to clients. I decided to sacrifice that boring life to write novels in my favorite genre — action-adventure-thrillers.
I use real-life current events and places to bring realism and suspense to my stories and strive for technical accuracy in the details of my writing. Having lived and worked near the world's largest navy base my entire career, I've wondered why it hasn't been the target of terror attacks — or maybe it has been and the public never knew.
That thought was the basis for my debut novel, and I added a twist embodied in my Jace West character that most action-thrillers don't have. Jace develops an ability to sense things that others cannot and his wife and her partner on the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force use him to hunt down terrorists, foreign and domestic. My first novel with Jace, his Assistant U. S. Attorney wife, Charlotte, and Special Agent Grace Madson is called On American Soil: Jihad. It is Book 1 of my Preserve, Protect, and Defend series. You'll read about their next adventure in Book 2, titled Anarchy, in the first half of 2021. It's a political thriller with a heavy dose of domestic terrorism.
Thanks to my dad, I spent much of my youth camping, hiking, and canoeing in the Adirondack Mountains in New York State. That influenced me to get my Civil and Environmental Engineering degree at Clarkson College of Technology (now University) located near the Adirondacks. I wanted to be an Environmental Engineer, but I chose a different path. I earned my MBA from the College of William and Mary in historic Williamsburg, Virginia while still working for the Navy.
I live in Virginia Beach with my wife of 38 years, and our son and daughter live close by.