Where to begin... ummm, I'm married and live with my wife and two teenage children. I was born and raised in the southeast and spent much of my early childhood in Clifton, Virginia while my dad finished up his 30-year military career at the Pentagon. When he retired from the U.S. Navy, the family was moved to Southern Pines, North Carolina. Not many people have heard of Southern Pines, so I usually just say Pinehurst. If they haven't heard of that either, I say Ft. Bragg. Most everyone has heard of that.
I have three brothers. The two oldest served in the U.S. Navy as well. They needed a firm hand as only the U.S. military can provide. One was a nuclear engineer on the U.S.S. Carl Vinson and was stationed in Bremerton, Washington while the other was an electrical engineer for an F-18 fighter squadron out of Miramar, California. My youngest brother was just down-sized from the U.S. Army just shy of the 20-year mark. He was EOD, but then did a branch transfer to non-nuclear, chemical, biologic. Needless to say I plied all three with an endless supply of questions given the subject matter contained in the first three parts of the Foreign & Domestic series.
January 3, 2017
As for me, I currently split my time between my day-job and my passions. From 9-5, I'm a Lead Functional Analyst. That's basically a fancy title for a business analyst that has other business analysts report to them. In essence, I get the client to define how they want their complex IT systems to work. The information I elicit from them is very detail orientated... I'm talking down in the weeds to the point where I can the individual specs of dirt underneath the weeds detailed. This might explain why I write in the manner that I do. My previous published works include the first three installments of the Foreign and Domestic series (When Rome Stumbles, Hannibal is at the Gates, and By the Dawn's Early Light), as well as a non-fiction cooking and entertainment book titled Just a Small Gathering, Volume I.
I am currently writing three books in parallel. The obvious one of the three is Part IV of the series which is to be titled Colder Weather. The other two are a deviation from the series and are non-fiction. The first one is tentatively titled Home Remedies, Poultices, Tinctures, & Salves and the other is tentatively titled Preparing to Prepare. You can get some background on these three books on the My Works/Works in Progress page. I say they are being written in parallel because as I do my due diligence for Colder Weather, the research I am generating is helping to write the two non-fiction works.