At sixty years old, I left the information technology industry to embark on a new career as an author. It wasnâ€™t a lifelong dream, but rather a recent curiosity that triggered such a drastic change. I had a story burning inside me, one that had only recently begun to percolate. There comes a point where you learn to follow your instincts, and my instincts were telling me to write that book.
Although writing is a new career, I have always enjoyed reading. My literary influences include James Bond author Ian Fleming and Peter Benchley, who is best known for his novels Jaws and The Deep. I read the former while still in college, and it remains the only book Iâ€™ve ever finished in a single sitting. Benchleyâ€™s ability to create fear and tension and to turn the small-town sheriff and fishermen from the hunters to the hunted has remained with me to this day, and Iâ€™m sure the dark subject matter inspired much of Money, Family, Murder. One thingâ€™s for certain, Benchleyâ€™s book definitely made this Highland Park, Illinois, native fearful of being tossed from a boat â€” even if it was on shark-free Lake Michigan.
I wrote Money, Family, Murder with the intent to both entertain and to bring to life a stratum of society that few have the privilege to see. Although I now reside in Orange County, where much of the book takes place, the story is primarily fiction, even if some autobiographical elements â€” such as getting hit by a golf ball at a fundraising event â€” have found their way into the bookâ€™s page. Iâ€™m sure my love for crime serials (my wife and I are hardcore fans of NCIS and Criminal Minds) also played a large role as I developed the plot.
In addition to writing, I am also an entrepreneur and help raise donations for the Orangewood Childrenâ€™s Foundation for abused and foster kids and the Shady Canyon Charitable Foundation, which supports local non-profit organizations in my current home of Orange County. My wife and I have lived in Irvine, California, since 1988. We have two children and two golden retrievers.
After earning both a BBA and MBA in marketing at the University of Miami, Florida, I landed a job with IBM in Miami, where I worked for three years before transferring to Santa Barbara, California, in 1980 â€” the same year the personal computer was introduced. I spent the next twenty years working in information technology before retiring. Until then, the only writing experience Iâ€™d had came from preparing technical documents and consulting proposals for clients. The urge to write creative literature lay dormant, and wouldnâ€™t awaken until Iâ€™d left the business world.
The mystery-thriller Money, Family, Murder is my first novel. If you enjoyed reading it, please sign up for my newsletter to be the first to hear news regarding the forthcoming sequel.
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Books:Money, Family, Murder, July 2015