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Take science fiction for a test drive.
Where to start
So many books.
There is a good bit of cross-over between these series, story elements that tie them all together. The long term goal is to make this all one universe, Eventually, all the books will converge into one storyline. That’s going to take some time and there’s still a lot of ground to cover.
In the meantime, where you want to start the journey depends on your taste. Here are your options of where to start.
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How reindeer fly and snowmen live. How Santa discovered the North Pole. These are the adventures you’ll never forget.
Drayton doesn’t know what he is. Often mistaken for the Angel of Death, his victims sometimes ask for forgiveness. Sometimes he delivers. After all, he is not without sin.
The Latest Release
The Roots of Drayton
A Drayton Chronicles Novel
If your a Drayton fan, this has been a long time coming. Fans of this enlightened vampire have only had the novellas to explore this character. Now comes the first full-length novel.
The initial rough draft was released to beta-readers in the summer of 2017. After that round, I decided to put the story on ice until a few other projects were finished and I had a chance to implement feedback.
After several rounds, the changes are complete. The Roots of Drayton is available now.
Drayton can’t leave the Lowcountry.
He once believed he was a vampire when he terrorized villages and slaughtered for blood. Now he absorbs essence from the dying’s final breath and rarely stays in one place. He has been in the Lowcountry far too long.
Everything is about to change.
After witnessing an elderly man’s death, Drayton vows to protect his wife. He assumes the job of her gardener in Charleston’s historic district. But when a young woman named Amber enters the garden, he soon questions who he is protecting.
And from whom.
Drayton will finally discover why he has roamed the planet for so long. He will learn the purpose of his existence and why he has absorbed human essence all of his life. Before he uncovers his roots, he will return to his blood-thirsty days of old.
For the first time, Drayton will become the prey.
What’s in the works
Ronin: The Last Reindeer.
Round two has begun.
The sixth installment in the Claus Universe, Ronin: The Last Reindeer, is going through the second round of editing. The arc is establishment, the characters fleshed out. Now the polishing.
Ronin is big and protective. And his nose doesn’t glow.
There’s plenty of action in this sci-fi thriller to be served up this December. I hope to have it finished in plenty of time for Christmas and a wee bit of ARC reading.
I grew up in the Midwest where the land is flat and the corn is tall. The winters are bleak and cold. I hated winters.
I always wanted to write. But writing was hard. And I wasn’t very disciplined. The cold had nothing to do with that, but it didn’t help. That changed in grad school.
After several attempts at a proposal, my major advisor was losing money on red ink and advised me to figure it out. Somehow, I did.
After grad school, his wife and my two very little children moved to the South in Charleston, South Carolina where the winters are spring and the summers are a sauna (cliche but dead on accurate). That’s when I started teaching and writing articles for trade magazines. I eventually published two textbooks on landscape design. I then transitioned to writing a column for the Post and Courier. They were all great gigs, but they weren’t fiction.
That was a few years later.
My daughter started reading before she could read, pretending she knew the words in books she propped on her lap. My son was a different story. In an attempt to change that, I began writing a story with him. We made up a character, gave him a name, and something to do. As with much of parenting, it did not go as planned. But the character got stuck in my head.
He wanted out.
A few years later, Socket Greeny was born. It was a science fiction trilogy that was gritty and thoughtful. That was 2005.
I have been practicing Zen since I was 23 years old. A daily meditator, I wanted to instill something meaningful in my stories that appeals to a young adult crowd as well as adult. I hadn’t planned to write fiction, didn’t even know if I had anymore stories in me after Socket Greeny.
Turns out I did.
Dig a little deeper… the early years bio
In 2017, I published a memoir that chronicled his wife’s and my experience as birth parents. The short story details my earlier life surrounding the event of an unexpected pregnancy and the twenty-five years that followed.