I'm a Detroiter, born and raised, with a few stints in California (L.A. and S.F.). I'm a lapsed musician, and was in a goth rock band in Detroit in my twenties called Gargoyle Sox. We put out three albums. Faithful fans have posted many of our songs on YouTube. Check 'em out... unless you're afraid of the dark, that is.
First picture: Bodega Bay, CA. Recognize the house? From Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." Extra points if you spotted the H.P. Lovecraft shirt I'm wearing.
No, I've been involved in creative endeavors my entire adult life (see Gargoyle Sox above). I moved to L.A. in my early thirties to pursue a career in screenwriting. Never had any produced, I'm sad to say. But, I did meet lots of filmmakers and movie stars (another story for another day), got to sneak on to many Hollywood studio lots and was even an extra for six months when I had to concern myself with mundane matters like... putting food on the table!
Second picture: Albuquerque, N.M. House from "Breaking Bad"! One of my all-time favorite shows.
Third picture: with my son on Key Largo. A few years back. The good ol' days. He's a teenager now... if you catch my drift.
If I had to describe my writing style, I would say; direct, no-frills, but with a quiet sense of urgency. I like to move my story along, and don't feel the need to impress with flowery prose or fancy words you have to look up in the dictionary. My writing is a reflection of who I am, and where I'm from; the Motor City, 'where the weak are killed and eaten' (I love saying that!). Anyone know where I can get a t-shirt with that on it?
The people of Elyria, a planet orbiting our nearest celestial neighbor Alpha Centauri, share many attributes with humankind: love, loyalty and a belief in a higher power. One hundred fifty years in our future, Irini Drakos and her Earth crewmates orbit Elyria in a sleek stellarship on a stealth reconnaissance mission in anticipation of imminent contact. Genetically modified to pass as Elyrians, Irini and her crew go to surface and encounter the last being they expected to find: the Son of God.
The idea of another Son of God on another planet had been rattling around my head for a while. The sheer number of stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way -- (approximately 200 billion) begs the question; is there intelligent life out there? And if there's only one God (which I believe), that would make him... their God too, right? So, when you factor in the number of galaxies in the universe -- estimated around 100 billion... Let's just put it this way -- there's not a number that high! I checked!
It all made sense one Sunday morning sitting in St. George Greek Orthodox Church (in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan), when I heard my priest mention that Jesus had dubbed his apostles John and James the 'Sons of Thunder' because of their boisterous affirmation of their faith. It suddenly hit me: Jesus gave his apostles nicknames! It's easy to forget; these were young guys. In the prime of their lives. Think Ed Sheeran or Lebron James; they're the same age, more or less, that Jesus was when he began his ministry. Jesus took on the Roman Empire, the most powerful force on Earth at that time -- and beat 'em!
I felt there wasn't a book out there communicating that: that Jesus must have been an incredibly charismatic individual, to compel these 12 disparate strangers (I know there were two sets of brothers) to offer up their lives for him (with the exception of the apostle John who died of old age in exile). And let's not forget about Mary of Magdalene. They all believed that much in Jesus' message of peace and forgiveness. Sure sounds like a message in short supply these days, doesn't it?
'I Am the First' is not a novel about Jesus, mind you. It's a story about the profound effect the Son of God can have on a planet... that just happens to be 4.37 light years from Earth.
Soon you'll be able to have me splashed across your t.v. sets at home! Now, I know that may seem like a scary thought, but it actually will be quite an entertaining and hopefully uplifting endeavor.
My channel will be called 'I Write, Therefore I Am... Rejected.'
It will be a beacon of hope to all frustrated writers near and far. Every episode will examine a few writers who endured numerous rejections and humiliations, but still persevered and made their mark on the literary world. After I began researching, I discovered there were so many I began to lose track. I had to create a spreadsheet. I'm approaching a hundred entries. You may have heard of a few: Steven King, J.K. Rowling, Alice Walker, Ernest Hemingway, Paulo Coelho, Alex Haley, Stephanie Meyer. All authors who were told they weren't good enough. Aren't you glad they didn't listen?
Are you being told you're not good enough? Don't listen. The world needs to hear what you have to say. Needs to read the book you've written... or are about to write. If you can't get it out there the conventional way... find a different way. Thomas Edison once said: 'There is a better way. Find it.'
'I Write, Therefore I Am... Rejected' will also track my journey as a self-published author. The triumphs, the setbacks, and ultimate accolades! Okay, I don't know about that last part. But, I do know that I will not give up, and my first novel 'I Am the First' will be published this year, and I will be immensely proud. I hope you share this journey with me.
I have made the decision to self-publish 'I Am the First.' I can't tell you what a huge sense of happiness and relief comes with that decision. Now, I can be assured that the publication of 'I Am the First' will be attuned to best serve the needs of my novel.
I will post periodic updates regarding my self-publication journey. Right now, I am developing my front cover artwork with an amazing graphic artist, and will tantalize you with upcoming previews.
My second novel 'Familiar' is a supernatural thriller involving a young woman recently relocated to Miami to begin a career with a cyber-security firm who is stalked by an ancient Seminole Indian curse. A test of wills erupts between good and evil. In most instances, in my cynical experience, evil prevails... at least in this world. But, if the dark forces take everything dear to you in this world, but fail to corrupt your soul, have they really won?