Born in Elmira, NY, and often peered on tiptoe into Mark Twain's Octagonal Study at Elmira College on my way to kiddie speech therapy. Twain's enchanted study intrigued me about writers & writing.
Moved to San Jose mid-1960s & family opened and operated a candle shop, Candela de Almaden, for 17 years. "Mom & Pop" businesses are a rarity now.
My terrific eldest brother, Scott, an Army Helicopter Pilot, was killed in action in Vietnam, 1969. He is a major catalyst for Mission Abandoned and Can't Fool All of the People. He is on Panel 34W, Line 70 of "The Wall" in Washington DC; his 3 crew mates are listed with him.
Did a tour as an Army Nurse, retired at the rank of Captain. After my Army tour, I specialized in NICU & pediatrics. Nursery & pediatrics are the best places to work in a hospital and that's a fact.
Returned to San Jose State University (SJSU) after my Army tour and earned my second Bachelor's degree, the second Bachelor's being in Print Journalism. Great experience for which I'm thankful; my SJSU journalism instructors were top notch.
Combined my nursing & journalism as Senior Editor of (the former) California Nursing Review, a free magazine for California RNs which eventually became Nurseweek.
Became a medical writer at the late, great, pharmaceutical Syntex Labs, Inc. in Palo Alto. Best job, company, and coworkers ever -- even our "wars" were fun as in "The War of the Post-Its".
Now indie writing & you're along for the ride! First productions are Mission Abandoned and Can't Fool All of the People, and The Grey Forest short story collection.
Griswold Kids, 1961,
Scott, Me, Kim, & Dave
Mark Twain's Magical Octagonal Study
Scott in front of his hooch,
170th Assault Helicopter Company