In 1958, I dropped out of school to join the Army. Following an honorable discharge in 1961, I returned to Europe. I remained there for most of the next fifteen years, residing in Germany and Ireland, working as a truck driver, bar manager and clerk. I traveled extensively including trips to Turkey where I fell in love with the country, its people and culture.
On the GI Bill, I studied international literature at the Heidelberg campus of Schiller International University and earned a master’s degree in counseling from Ball State University’s overseas program. After returning to the States, in the late seventies, I obtained certification as a family therapist and chemical addictions specialist. My professional work has included working with juvenile and adult offenders, Native Americans, and geriatric patients in Washington State.
After retiring, I published my first novel, Abraham’s Burden, a story centered on the troubled life of Vietnam War veteran, Charlie Abraham, which deals with alcoholism, Native American culture, racism, and the justice system.
Fall In, Fall Out: The Dogface Years is a coming-of-age memoir covering the time of my enlistment in the military with my identical twin brother.
Both books are available, along with BEGOTTEN, on AMAZON and have received multiple excellent reader reviews.
I’m preparing to release another novel soon.
My wife and I reside in western Washington State. I have two adult children, two grandchildren, and a precious great grandson.
I am an avid fly-fisherman and enjoy painting watercolors and writing poetry.