I married my wife in 1969, and we have been together now almost 45 years. She is a very strong person, and a great “mother hen.” We have three children, one daughter, and two sons. My daughter is my daily sunshine. She is my baby, and I probably pet her too much. She is a benefits manager for a large nationwide company. My sons are my pals, my buddies. There is not much that I do without one of my boys, or both. One son, Jamie, is a narcotics detective, the other, Jason, is an electronics technician.
I have nine grandkids, and seven great-grandkids, all of whom I love dearly. They make my daily life quite interesting indeed.
What scares you the most?
Being a former law enforcement officer, I have found very little that scares me or that I am afraid of, except for spiders. I hate spiders, and if a spider was to get on me, get out of my way, because I may hurt you or myself. I have learned in my life, there are times I need to be fearful, or scared, and be very cautious in certain situations. A person who says he is not afraid of anything, is a liar.
What makes you happiest?
There’s not much question here. My family and my friends are my happiness. It is very saddening to me to have to make a business trip by , myself, no family or friends.
Why do you write?
I have a love of writing that has been with me since in elementary school. I would write stories and read them to anyone who would listen. Growing up,I didn’t do a lot of writing, because that wasn’t “cool” and I wanted to be in with the cool crowd. I had teachers try to encourage me to write, and I would occasionally write for school.
What do you hope your obituary will say about you?
“Ma loved Pa, Pa loved women. Ma caught Pa with two in swimming. Here lies Pa.” Seriously, I hope folks remember me as a kind, helpful person, and a good friend. I want to be remembered as a good husband, father, and friend.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
Where I grew up was a definite influence on my writings and the subjects of my books. My first book, King of the Mountain, was actually a dream from my early childhood. I wrote many short stories about the Battle of Kings Mountain when I was young and always said one day I would write a book.
I now live in Western North Carolina, about thirty miles from my home town, in a very historical area, which may incite the writing of more books of the Revolutionary war.
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Genre - Historical fiction
Rating – PG