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Alex P. Keaton was my idol growing up. I’ve always had that dual nature of being interested in business (numbers, wearing a suit, working in an office) while also being a creative at heart (singing/playing guitar in alt/punk bands, writing, and acting).

My academic advisor in college told me to learn a trade after I said I wanted to be a writer. Being 20 and infatuated with Goethe and the Romantic movement, that wasn’t what I wanted to hear. I wanted to be an ARTIST, not work in an office.

Fast-forward 25 years and the office worker has won out the majority of the time while I’ve still dabbled as an artist. Having worked for a number of years in corporate recruiting, I’ve always had side gigs, be it playing in a band, DJing, photography, writing freelance entertainment articles, acting, or voiceovers.

In July 2015, I embarked on my self-publishing journey with the Home Gym Strong series of non-fiction fitness memoirs. Two follow-ups came in late 2016 and the series finale dropped in late 2017. The SPOOK & GOON Space Adventures followed in 2018.

Born and raised on the banks of the Mighty Mississippi in Davenport, Iowa, I now live in Chicago with my beautiful wife, Carrie, and a varied collection of Macs and BBQ grills, always dreaming of our next Caribbean adventures.


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A wild ride that will leave the reader wanting a sequel! Strong plot, characters and dialogue await, check it out!

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Invasion of the Frorees - SAMPLE

In the year 2035, Earth's long-secret space force faces an ominous threat.

An invading armada from a faraway ice planet triggers a sensor beacon at the edge of the Sol System. The Federated Union calls on the agents of SPOOK and GOON to stop them at any cost.

Thrown together on an op to save Earth, they must put aside their long-held rivalry to carry out their mission.

This fast-paced, light-hearted sci-fi novel features humor, romance, fast ships, large furry creatures, asteroids, Alien beings, with a special appearance by polymuciligans. Oh, and did we mention fast ships?

Join the fun with the first book in The SPOOK & GOON Space Adventures series.


Work Out, Pig Out: A Year of Losing Fat, Gaining Muscle, and Eating Lots of Ice Cream SAMPLE

"Work Out, Pig Out," the first book in the Home Gym Strong series, is an often hilarious, warts-and-all look at the author's quest for health and fitness. Unlike most fitness books that only TELL you what to do, this book SHOWS you the reality, digging deep into the details of his daily life -- the good, the bad, the sometimes ugly -- holding up a mirror to our cultural obsession with exercise.

With the Internet providing endless options, most people pinball from one program to another, never satisfied, always wanting to try the latest miracle breakthrough. Chad was no different.

Over the course of a year, he tried nearly a dozen diet and exercise plans from the likes of Dan John (40-Day Workout), Pavel Tsatsouline (Simple & Sinister), Lyle McDonald (Rapid Fat Loss), & many others.