I was four years old, my aunt asked what I wanted for Christmas. My
answer: “I want a machine gun.” So even at that tender age,
my expectations from life were a little different than most.
later, I bought my first computer and decided to write a novel. Four
computers later, and with six unpublished manuscripts gathering dust
under my bed, I finally wrote a story good enough to get the interest
of an agent and a publisher.
was born in El Paso, Texas, and spent most of my childhood in Las Cruces,
New Mexico, with travels to visit family in Pacoima, California, and
Chihuahua, Mexico. After graduating from New Mexico State University,
I was commissioned into the Army to serve in the Infantry where I finally
got to play with machine guns. Later I hoodwinked the Army into letting
me fly attack helicopters. (If you’ve ever seen me drive, you’ll
wonder about the wisdom of letting me have the controls of an aircraft.)
life as a civilian has been like living in a pinball machine. I worked
as an engineer in corporate America and got downsized. Earned my masters’
in Information Systems from the University of Denver and found another
corporate gig. Saw that job sail across the Pacific when I was outsourced
and laid off again. Thankfully, I have two bright and handsome sons
in college who will take care of me as I grow older.
kept me grounded are my forays into art. The highpoints include being
the artist-in-residence for Arte Americas in Fresno, California, and
being called from the Reserves to serve in Operation Desert Storm (the
easy war against Iraq) as a combat artist. Add teaching art to prisoners
at the Avenal State Prison and organizing art fundraisers for various
pet rescue groups.
this time I was scribbling my stories, sending them out, and collecting
rejection slips. What changed my luck was joining the Rocky Mountain
Fiction Writers which introduced me to real authors and the advice needed
to get published. Now I’m busy writing my Felix the vampire detective
novels. And I’ve decided that I no longer want a machine gun for