I grew up in Youngstown, Ohio. And I have lived in Ohio all my life, fulfilling my career as a fifth-grade schoolteacher, a high school geometry teacher, and thirty-three years as a professor of mathematics. I have always dreamed of writing stories, so quietly, in my spare time, I wrote novels throughout my adult life. The only one who knew of my secret passion was my beloved wife, Angie, whom I tragically lost several years ago.
Just writing words does not mean that they should be published. So, though I dreamed of telling my stories, I was not sure if they would be worthy of publication. But, in a chance encounter, I met Dr. Robert Maurer of Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Since Bob was a professor of English literature, he agreed to read the manuscript of Dracaena Marginata, which is my first novel. He told me that not only did I have talent but that my stories should be read by others and he encouraged me to continue writing. That novel, the third in my series called the Youngstown Quintet, was published in 2014 and was granted by the influential industry magazine, Kirkus Reviews, a Kirkus Star and was designated as one of the best novels of the year. Now I have completed four books and am working on the final book of the series.
I still live in Ohio. I am a widower with three sons, three daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.