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I was a research physicist long before I turned to writing. But Iíve been writing fiction now for over ten years which, Iíve read, is the gestation period of a writer. So Iím full term. I've written five novels and am presently working on numbers six through twenty-seven. Every time I finish one, I insist it is my best yet and love it the most.
My first was an autobiography, MY LIFE AS IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN - a memoir for readers who find memoirs disagreeable and reality tedious, inspired by my lifelong obsession with Don Quixote. Then came THE MEDIA REPUBLIC, a near-future, speculative, science-fiction thriller inspired by watching too much TV. PRIONA is a multi-cultural, multi-generational story of love, poetry, and the dividing waters of race, set in the Jemez Pueblo of northern New Mexico in the 50s. LAMB OF GOD is a psychological drama of how a young boy, surrounded by the tensions of Detroit during World War II, deals with the guilt of being too weak to save his twin from murder. Finally, ROCKING HORSE WEST tells the story of a dying cowboy on a dying ranch in the highlands of southern New Mexico. I've also had seven short stories published and won awards with two others.
Iíve spent over thirty years as a physicist in Ohio, New Mexico, and California. Some of those years I did basic physics research at The University of Dayton in the areas of ionizing radiation detectors, shock waves in solids, and infrared measurements. This stuff probably doesn't excite very many of you, but it has been breathtaking for me. Call me a nerd, but I love science.
Then I spent some years at a Beltway Bandit* with one of those three-letter-name companies that were all the rage back when we could afford guns and butter. I did a fun thing they called system studies, which I never really understood. But thatís okay because it was all secret stuff anyway.
Finally, I evolved into a program manager for a big defense hardware company. No more studies for me. They told me I was now a higher life form, and I wore a tie to work. But what I learned was that a program manager is at the bottom of the food chain managementium bottomfeedus. Those were scary years because management is really hungry, so program managers run really fast.
Now I work off and on for an itsy bitsy company called EOO, Inc. It's right in the bosom of Silicon Valley. I donít do research, and I donít have a clearance or a tie. My business card has a blank under my name so I can be anything I want.
I married Marilyn King where we met at the University of Dayton. We moved to Alburquerque** where our two daughters, Paula and Laura, grew up; and now we all live in the San Francisco Bay Area. You can reach me at editor at fictionQ.com.
I'm a firm believer in second careers. When I was doing physics research, I had to do mostly what other people wanted me to do. That was still great because it was such exciting stuff. But now I can write whatever I want to. Maybe thatís just as good, in a way. I think every writer should write as a second career, not as a first. It gives my writing a unique point-of-view. I think I'm a better writer for having my roots in another world.
Here are my books. Judge for yourself.
* Beltway Bandit -- For those not conversant in Government Speak, a Beltway Bandit is one of the companies clustered around the Washington, DC Beltway which sell the Government "professional services" which is stuff the Government could do itself if they had any idea what they wanted done or if they weren't fighting among themselves about who should do it.
** Alburquerque -- Most of you traditionally-educated readers are probably under the mistaken opinion that the dusty little town in central New Mexico is Albuquerque, not Alburquerque. It was, however, named after Don Francisco Fernandez de la Cueva Enriquez, Duke of Alburquerque, Spain, and Viceroy of New Spain in 1706. The word `alburquerque' means white oak in Latin. About a hundred years later it was misspelled to its present form. I, in the spirit of Don Quixote de la Mancha, have taken up the cause to redress the evil of misspelling the name of one so highly born.