The Author’s Biography
The train whistle 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 and turtles, reading Mad magazine, and sci-fi and action books by Frank Buck, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Isaac Azimov.
After high school I enlisted in the air force and translated Russian radio messages. When discharged, I left my small town, taking the train west for Chicago and finished college with a university art degree in hand. I began a career in the graphic arts for the publication printer of National Geographic Magazine and Playboy and also sold my paintings on the side. Then I found a position as an illustrator and cover designer for a publishing company. 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. 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 Having written reports, speeches, and white papers at work, articles for an e-magazine, and unpublished non-fiction, I decided to begin a book on the ship’s remarkable commanders.
Well 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. I am currently working on the rest in the series.