BioI’ve have a great life, with many interesting adventures. Some stories I can tell you about, some might need to wait a few more years.
I entered the writing madhouse after spending far too many years generating advertising and web page content. My novels focus on science-fiction thrillers, with a dash of campy thrown in for fun. I’ve written for years in my other business endeavors, and always dreamed of being published as a fiction writer. I guess the Beatles had it right. Cutting your teeth in the business world might be a bit dry, but you learn to develop a narrative and keep schedules. These are both traits that can be difficult to master and some days I write nothing or knockout 5,000 words. Does this break my schedules? No. I focus on the bigger timeline months away.
I also teach martial arts. This helps when writing physical conflict, and I find fight scenes to be one of the most enjoyable, and yet, difficult parts of a story to master.
Building stuff with my hands is a common hobby. Even if the creative medium changes, the creativity does not. I bring this up because it points to a relevance I try to maintain in all my stories. The science and technology must work. Things rust, oil dries up, the sun burns the skin, and people get thirsty. These concepts need to be taken into account when writing. All too often I read a book and reach an impasse such that the author it totally wrong with their science. This bugs me, and if you find an instance such as this in one of my stories, drop me a note, and I will research the matter.
My stories are typically inspired by some observation from my life. Maybe I saw a person walking down the street and their gait or mannerisms sparked a quest to define the person in a story, or a location may jump out at me spurring a creative burst.
Rye Ironstone is a bit of an alter ego for me. We all have our issues, and that’s why I like Rye so much. I get lots of questions of who Rye is based upon. The honest answer is no one. When I created the character I blended a bit of Jack Burton’s idiotic bravado and Kolchak the Night Stalker’s ability to experience the most crazy of encounters. Rye is a chance for me to write a fun adventure where you root for the hero even though he has several social shortcomings.
Gael Gale Ph.D. is in a large respect my mother. The finger thing does exist, and my mother was a master of grabbing fingers and controlling four unruly children. Of course the technique lost its effectiveness when we grew to tower over her.
Born in Georgia and residing in Massachusetts during early and mid teen years, my life was jolted with culture shock on a daily basis. Finally moving to Florida in High School, and completing my degree at the University of North Florida, I classify myself as an east coast southern guy. Redneck no, old south to a point, the years outside Boston scrubbed a lot of the gentility from me.
Wonderful thriller by John Wilkerson. It has all the elements which make this genre great: intrigue, suspense, drama. And, as a plus, it's set in the rugged Appalachian Mountains. An all-around great thriller.