As a teenager, I read Ray Bradbury’s horror stories into the dark hours of the night, afraid to move for fear that I’d feel the pricking of my thumbs and stir up something evil. I consumed Alan Dean Foster’s Alien in one sitting, glued to the La-Z-Boy recliner in our family room, heart beating in unison with the characters on the page as they pursued, and were pursued by, the nightmare aboard their starship. I sat in a secret corner of our house with tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat as I savored the end of The Lord of the Rings and Watership Down.
I have experienced the power of words in my own life, and my belief in that power to fire our imaginations and lift our minds to new heights pushes me to write.
My favorite places are near oceans or mountains. I love to spend time in Japan exploring its unique culture, history and language.
In my professional life, I’ve used words to build meaning into arcane corporate documents that control the flow of hundreds of millions of dollars around the globe. I’ve lived in New York City, Tokyo and Los Angeles before settling down in a more obscure (but beautiful!) part of the globe. Over the years, I’ve grown tired of using words to control something as mundane as money.
So I’ve become a writer of novels.
Back in high school, I learned to program computers. It’s a different kind of writing, a different kind of language, a different kind of control. But like any good writing, it’s a string of written instructions that has an effect on the real world.
I’d like to think that the words of my novels are like computer code for human brains.
I hope you will plug in and enjoy.