I've spent much of my life overseas, beginning in 1966 with two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. My time in the Himalayan kingdom immersed me in a culture of Hindu gods and Buddhist monks, gave me breathtaking opportunities to trek into the high mountains, and ignited my passion for foreign lands. On the last day of my service there, in a palace converted to a hotel, I married Dorothy Zeller, the lady who is still my wife.
After Nepal, Dorothy and I went to graduate school at UCLA, received Ph.D.'s in geology, and spent our next three years working in Australia. We traveled extensively by Land Cruiser through the harsh beauty of the Outback and, on occasion, spent hours winching or digging our vehicles out of "sticky" situations. Several Australian colleagues provided inspiration for characters in my books.
When we returned to the United States, we went to work for a major oil company, first in research, then in international exploration. The latter took me to about fifty countries and fueled my writing with quirky characters, exotic settings, and cultural contrasts.
Upon retiring from the oil business, Dorothy went to work at the Johnson Space Center where she studies Mars and is a member of the Science Team which analyzes data from the NASA's Curiosity rover. I took a different route and now devote myself to writing.
I've written three novels so far: APHRODESIA, PAPYRUS, and TEPUI.
APHRODESIA is a mystery/suspense novel centered on the world of perfumes. It was a quarter-finalist in the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards (ABNA) competition and is my first novel to be published.
PAPYRUS is a thriller that ignites from the spark of discovering secret writing on Queen Tiye's last message to her youngest son, Tutankhamun. It was a semi-finalist in the 2009 ABNA competition and will be my next published book.
TEPUI is an adventure/thriller starring a burn-scarred botanist who treks into the remote Venezuelan highlands in search of a living fossil but finds something far more wondrous -- and dangerous. It was a quarter-finalist in the 2010 ABNA competition and won 1st Place in the 2004 Adult Genre Novel competition of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. It will be published in early 2013.
You can see more about each of these stories, including photographs and background details, at my website:
Readers will soon discover that I have an abiding love of animals, especially dogs. Daisy, a three-legged Bloodhound plays an important role in APHRODESIA. And Bentley, an Old English Sheepdog, adds humor to TEPUI. I have not yet reached the point that Dean Koontz has, where a dog is given its own point of view, but that might not be far off.
Besides animals, I have strong interests in art, history, and science, as well as a thirst for challenging experiences. Writing gives me a chance to combine all of these into page-turners that, I hope, will keep readers thinking long after they finish the final chapter.