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“For me the secret to being an author is ‘just do the work.’ I make it a point to put in time on my writing every day.”

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Literary Award Winner

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Available for readings, as a speaker, or EHR consulting

I chose creative writing as a profession right out of college, but after being a broke poet for a decade I entered a 20 year career directing the design of medical software and helped produced two of the preeminent practice management and electronic health records systems. Along the way I became an expert in the field and wrote two college textbooks. One became a national bestseller. I left the software company, wrote six more textbooks, and became a full-time author and consultant. (If you came here regarding consulting services, click the button on the menu. The rest of this page concerns my writing.)

Between textbooks I turned my attention back to my creative writing origins. I began working on stage plays and then my first published novel, Lancelot’s Grail. Since, I have written two more novels and a fourth one is sketched out for later.

I was writing poetry even before college and have had nearly 300 poems published in literary journals, and chap books; plus five volumes of my collected poems. Currently, I am a regular contributor to Ann Arbor Review International Journal of Poetry. Poems published in recent issues are listed below.

How do I go from poetry to computer programming, from textbooks to novels? For me balancing the left brain / right brain is not that difficult. I find all of it a swim in the creative flow.

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Newest Release

Lancelot's Disciple

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After seeking self-awareness and enlightenment on the ancient Silk Road, Lancelot’s disciple, Frith, must sort out his confusion, attain the Holy Grail, and reconnect with his saintly sister waiting in Britain. Learn more...

Upcoming Events

Meet me at the following events:

Writers Marketing Coalition
July 7, 2018
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Library Partnership Branch
1130 NE 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL

Writers Alliance
July 8, 2018
2:30 – 4:00 PM
Millhopper Library
Gainesville, FL

Current Writing Projects

Whistling a Happy Tune

Completed the biography of a facinating twentieth century man. Currently in revision with critique group and beta readers.Possible late 2018 publication.

Roaring Twenties in a Thin Place

Flappers, prohibition, shell shock and a mystical mountain—rough-draft of new novel completed.

Recently Published Poems

Ann Arbor Review
International Journal of Poetry

Publishing since 1967 – ezine since 2004

Read my newest poems in the following issues:

Issue XIII Spring-Summer 2014
Soda Fountain Days

Issue XIV Winter 2014-15
Ever New Morning
He and She

Issue XV Summer-Fall 2015
Brave Voice
Fingering The Jam
Madwife

Issue XVI Spring 2016
Stillpoint
Tea in Goa

Issue XVII Winter 2016-17
Blinds and Shutters
The Deva
Last Dance of the Year

Issue XVIII Summer-Fall 2017
Bananas for Baba
Flying in Eights

Issue XIX Winter 2017-2018
To Wish Again Upon A Star
Stay Seated

What I've Been Reading

Like most authors, I enjoy reading as well as writing. My interests span a variety of genres. I belong to a local book club through which I've read books I would not have discovered otherwise. I am also a member of Good Reads and you can follow me there. Here are covers of the last three-dozen books I've read. Note: clicking any of these sends you to my review of the book on the Good Reads site. Use your browser back button to return to this page.

Royal Palm Literary Award

Ragtime Dudes In A Thin Place, unpublished novel—currently querying agents.

Ragtime is in, Victorians are out, and free love is on the rise when New York dandies meet independent thinking women of 1904 Taos, New Mexico.

Jack, Morgan, and Bryce open an emporium in the nascent Taos art colony, promising the latest inventions from the St. Louis World’s Fair. Undisciplined in business, the men party their profits away and the undercapitalized venture struggles until beautiful and wealthy divorcee, Abigail brings her social circle as customers. But Abigail’s friends usurp the meetings to hire a controversial woman minister whose unorthodox doctrines spark religious conflict. Calamities reign as Bryce quits to join a peyote cult; the store goes bankrupt; Jack’s landlady dies, orphaning two promiscuous daughters; and the new minister gets fired.

Florida Writers Association Interview

Interview by Florida Writers Association for the RPLA Showcase, published February 27, 2017. Click here to read the online interview