I have used stories my whole life as a way to puzzle out how the world could be so wretchedly beautiful and what exactly I'm doing here. But a love of stories does not make one a writer any more than a love of bridges makes one an engineer. So, I have spent the last eight years developing the knowledge and experience to tell stories I would love to read.
I started work on TWENTY YEARS LOST about five years ago and buried myself in research to accurately depict the Vietnam War—even traveling there to better understand my characters and the war that defined them. I took two years of a three-year master’s program in Creative Writing at the University of Alaska Anchorage and then switched to working with a mentor from the Veteran’s Writing Project when I realized I needed a military rather than academic perspective.
I welcome you to browse the travel journal from my trip along with photos and a bibliography. Please do get in touch if you have any questions or would like to discuss working together.