I grew up in Kansas City in a loving and traditional home. My writing career began in elementary school as reporter for the 4-H club. My mother was great at pushing me into things, and when I was in high school she suggested I contact the editor of the Kansas City Times Youth Page about submitting articles. I thought she was nuts, but I got the job and contributed on a regular basis. The writing skills I learned in youth proved useful in a
succession of jobs throughout my life.
In 2008 I embarked on my first novel at the insistence of a close friend and members of the Mid South Writers Group. Because of my journalistic background, I was convinced writing fiction would be easy. Boy was I ever wrong. It only took eight years to get it right.
I am married and have two sons, the younger of whom is pursuing his own writing career, while the older one is dabbling in poetry. We share our home with a dog and five cats. Or they share their home with us. I’m never quite sure.