The Author’s Biography
Train whistles echoed across the valley as the Broadway Limited cannonballed through our town going east to New York or west to Chicago. My childhood was not unlike others’ in the Midwest at that time; camping, catching frogs, reading Mad magazine, sci-fi, and books about far-away places by Frank Buck, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Isaac Azimov.
When high school ended, I enlisted in the air force and during the Cold War translated Russian radio messages. After discharge, I left my small town, taking the train west and finished college to begin a career in the graphic arts in Chicago. I worked for a publication printer of National Geographic Magazine and Playboy, while selling my paintings on weekends at art shows. As the printing industry floundered in the big city, I found a position as an illustrator and cover designer for a publishing company in the northern suburbs. And after years working for imprints of Simon and Schuster, Pearson, and Harcourt & Brace, I went solo, starting my own freelance business.
Out of curiosity, I began researching a French tall ship, the fastest one of its age, launched in 1744, la Renommée. It soon turned into a quest to uncover more facts and tales of the captains and people involved with the frigate. It was then I realized what a bounty of material I had gathered. An interesting story had emerged that begged my imagination to cast a light on it for others to enjoy. Having written reports, speeches, and articles for both an e-magazine and a graphic arts trade journal, I decided to begin a book on the ship’s remarkable commanders.
Over a decade later, The Ship’s Carpenter, my debut historical novel, was published by FireShip Press. It is the first of the Tween Sea & Shore Series of my nautical books, with the rest of the books in the series being developed.