Q: What did you do before?
A: Following graduation from West Point, I spent almost 20 years as an Army officer as a combat arms officer (armor and infantry). I’ve been assigned at almost every level from company to theater army and been assigned to Germany (before and after the Wall), all over the US and in Latin America. Some of my stories (“Home”, “Some things never change”), as well as one of my poems (“Grunt”), reflect these experiences.
Q: What do you write?
A: Thinking about it the last few months, I realize I don’t really write in one genre. I get ideas of characters and situations and see where they lead me. Which means I’m more of a ‘pantser’ than a ‘planner’. The nice part is that I am often surprised where it leads me. I like this approach because it lets me transcend reality and experiment with emotions and behavior.
Q: What do you do in your real life?
A: I’m a non tenured lecturer at the University of Colorado where I teach just about everything from American political institutions, to international relations, and numerous courses in security studies (as well as a slew of others).
Q: Who are your favorite authors?
A: You could just look through my Goodreads list, but let me see if I can break it down.
Current Writers. I have to admit I am a bit of a Carrie Vaughn (https://carriev.wordpress.com/) fanboy. I will read just about everything she has written.
Others would have to include Neil Gaiman, Ha Jin, and Oliver PöTzsch (Hangman’s Daughter and Black Musketeers series).
My guilty pleasures are Kristin Painter’s fantasy romances and Charlaine Harris’ mysteries.
Classic Writers. The standard for sci-fi geeks of my age – Bradbury, Heinlein, and Asimov.
Q: What do you do when you are not teaching and writing?
A: I have a well equipped woodworking shop where I spend time ‘creating sawdust’ having built a lot of my family’s furniture. I am also fortunate to live in the foothills of Colorado, so biking and hiking are part of the agenda as well.