I taught at San Lorenzo Middle School in King City, California for thirty-six years before retiring in June of 2006. I still substitute often in local schools. Phyllis, my wife of 47 years, and I still reside in King City. We have two great sons, Jeremy and Jon.
I am a life-long rock-climber and mountaineer. I’ve made numerous ascents in the Sierra Nevada and Yosemite. Much of my writing reflects my time in the mountains. Most notably, three of my short stories about climbing were published in the Sierra Club’s Ascent. Other stories and poems have appeared in “High” magazine, “Loose Scree” and in “The Climbing Art”. I converted a story named “Three’s a Crowd” into a radio play and it was broadcast on KUSF on November 22nd, 2006. It was later broadcast several more times on PBS. My short story “Don Francisco Rides to La Paz” won the 2008 Saturday Writers short story contest. My “Dogwood Dream” won the 2011 New Millennium short fiction competition and most recently “Do You Feel Lucky, Punk?” won the 2018 CCW Bartleby Snopes dialog only contest.
My Civil War historical novel Dawn Drums was published in 2013. It won both the 2014 New Mexico Book Awards’ Tony Hillerman Prize for best fiction and first place in the 2014 Arizona Authors competition I’ve had four children’s books published prior to Dawn Drums. They are Chaos Gate, Joel in Tananar, Flower Tumbles, and The Dragon and the Lemon Tree.