I’m a fulltime thriller novelist, living in the Kansas City metro area with my golden retriever, Jazmin (Jazzy Brass). I’ve taught novel writing for several community colleges, worked over twenty years for the BNSF Railway, and am a former US Marine Recon Scout, Super Squad team leader, marksmanship coach, parachutist and troop handler. I enjoy SCUBA, sailing, snow skiing and being with my kids and grandkids.
I’ve been writing novels for over twenty years. My first novel, Jezebel, landed a contract with a large publisher back in 1992. But nearly three years later, on the week they were supposed to make a 10,000-book print run, the publisher went bankrupt.
Since then, I’ve contracted with a couple of big name New York agents, have turned down a small publishing contract, had a verbal deal fall through before the contract was made, and have had numerous manuscripts passed around the big NYC publishing houses. I’ve even had a senior editor from one of the largest publishers in the world email me about “what are you working on, now?”
You’d think I’d stick with traditional publishing, wouldn’t you? I’m not that smart! Besides, I’m having a blast writing eBook thrillers—more fun than I’ve ever had in my life.
I currently have three thriller novels in both paper and eBook: Jezebel is my first, Dead Reckoning is my second, and Brainstorm my third. All three of these are between 110,000 and 125,000 words long. My latest action/adventure series (The E Z Knight Series) thrillers (Knight’s Ransom and Knight’s Big Easy) and their subsequent sequels and prequels are going to be in the 50,000 word range and will be fast, fun reads.
Along with my fiction, I’ve published a book for writers, Novel Writing Made Simple, that has been fairly successful. I think it’s a great primer for beginners and an excellent refresher for the experienced wordsmith. I’m a founder and currently president of the Kansas Writers Association, a sixteen-year-old organization of some very special people. Last year, I started a group to help support independent authors called the Indie Writers Alliance—another group of great people.
Life is great!
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