A Little About My Background

For over thirty years I worked as a software engineer, first in telecommunications, then in my own business providing web ordering services for restaurants. After retiring from software engineering, my lifelong desire to write led me to start another online service, writing customized poems for any and all occasions. This was fun for a while, but not very fulfilling, so eventually OccasionalPoems.com closed up shop.

I started writing seriously in 2011 after my sister persuaded me to attend a meeting of SCBWI, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, which is another story in itself.

That's when the ball started to roll. Joining a critique group was the single most important action in my writing career. Ever since, I've been writing young adult and middle grade novels, putting them in front of my critique group, revising, and improving my craft. So far I've written seven novels, three of them were finalists in the Tassy Walden Awards for New Voices in Children's Literature.

I plan to continue my writing, work through the query process and eventually be published. So far it has been a long and thrilling process with enough ups and downs to make it a first class roller coaster ride. But I think I'll get there in the end.

Meanwhile, I will continue to offer my writing services for appropriate projects. Visit my Freelance page for more information.

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Why I Write

I always wanted to write. But like thousands who say that, I didn't do anything about it. Not until 2011.

What happened in 2011