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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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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 produce 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, became a full-time author and wrote six more textbooks. Two of those became bestsellers.

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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 biography. A fourth novel is in development.

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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.

Newest Release

Ragtime Dudes in a Thin Place

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

Winner Royal Palm Literary Award – First Place
Royal Palm Literary Award Read RPLA Interview by the Florida Writers Association.

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At the Sunshine State Book Festival Jan 25, 2020

Upcoming Events

Meet me at the following events:

Writers Marketing Coalition
May 2, 2020
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Partnership Library Branch
912 NE 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL

Writers Alliance of Gainesville
May 3, 2020
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Millhopper Branch Library
3145 NW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL

Author Reading
June 7, 2020
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Millhopper Branch Library
3145 NW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL

Current Projects

Ragtime Dudes Meet A Paris Flapper – another winner. Second book to win a

Royal Palm Literary Award
Royal Palm Literary Award

A Paris flapper, a shell-shocked war veteran, and three ragtime dudes face the impending death of one of their number with warmth and humor in a new novel scheduled for publication 6/7/2020.

Tracing King Arthur – new non-fiction
Following the trail of places the historical figure King Arthur lived, fought and died, we encounter some interesting people and theories along the journey.

Ragtime Dudes at the World's Fair – new novel
The 1904 St. Louis World's Fair was the largest ever held, showcasing the latest inventions and world class art. And our three dudes from New York are right in the thick of it.

Literary Award Winner

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Videos of Readings


Three part video of author reading from Ragtime Dudes in a Thin Place at the Millhopper Library. Watch now...

Skating on Skim Ice

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Video of author at Library reading reveals the story behind the book title. Watch now...


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 XXII Summer 2019
Spring Into Summer
Nothing Out of Something

Issue XXI Winter 2018-19
Un-Platonic Solids
Found Naked Lunch

Issue XX Summer 2018
Lost and Found Shoes
Old Order

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

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

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

Issue XVI Spring 2016
Tea in Goa

Issue XV Summer-Fall 2015
Brave Voice
Fingering The Jam

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

Issue XIII Spring-Summer 2014
Soda Fountain Days

What I've Recently Read and Reviewed

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 forty 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.