How I Came to This Place
When I was five, my Uncle Sy, a bookbinder for Doubleday and Company handed me a stack of over-sized pieces of off-cut blank paper and some color pencils. He and my Aunt Minnie were baby-sitting for me. Sy told me to write a great book, and he said it in a way that I believed I could. My uncle could be a crusty man, after all he served in the Navy in both WWI and WWII. Nevertheless, we had a wonderful and gentle connection. The large sheets of paper felt good in my little hands.
Something happened to me on that sunny afternoon. As I sat on the worn carpet of the modest walk-up apartment, I "wrote" a story complete with airplanes and cartoon characters. I felt a great sense of joy, safety and comfort in that early attempt at creation.
I went through many careers, but I always came back to writing. Writing not only became my passion but at times it was my refuge and best friend. Coinciding with my departure from the corporate world, my first book was published. It was dedicated to two men: my Uncle Sy and a remedial English teacher who believed in me. They were my mentors. They saved my life.
What Interests Me?
As a writer, my professional life is divided between work for others and my own projects.
I am fascinated by the journeys of my clients. I both ghostwrite and co-write. My client work includes books, articles, speeches and blog writing.
My own projects are dear to me. They encompass a wide span but I always hope there is passion in every word I write.
My whacky career path took me from research biologist to marketing guy to New York City paramedic back to marketing guy. I accumulated B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology and an MBA in Management and Marketing. Nothing ever quite fit except writing.
Paralleling my career path I accumulated tons of credits and coursework in creative and nonfiction writing. My freelance magazine and newspaper articles usually covered any topic that would pay the rent. I am not embarrassed by all that scrambling for it trained me, honed my skills and brought focus.
I especially loved writing about pets, gardening, natural foods, health topics, antiques and sports.
My hobbies include taking out the garbage, cleaning the bathroom every other week and doing the floors. Oh yes, also fitness, heirloom vegetable gardening, history, cooking, anything related to Japan and the Buffalo Bills.