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What’s in the works?
Book 3, the final installment in the Maze trilogy, is available.
This long journey through alternate reality ties all the elements of book 1 and book 2 together. And draws characters from other trilogies in for the big picture. Foreverland and Halfskin are heavily featured.
Years ago, when I first started writing, I imagined a common thread through my stories.
The Essence of Sunny Grimm is it.
If you loved Ready Player One and Ender’s Game
IndieReader’s Best Books of 2014
A peculiar teenager who discovers he’s part of a new race that evolved from humans. The twists and turns don’t stop until the final explosive page.
If you loved Altered Carbon and Maze Runner
Foreverland, a place where dreams come true and a nightmare to escape.
Original tales with a scifi twist.
How do reindeer fly and snowmen live? Why is Santa Claus on the North Pole? These are the holidays tales you never heard growing up.
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, my wife and 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 my wife 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.