I grew up in a small town, and even though I became a city boy long ago, I still have a lot of country in me. New York and LA get enough attention already, so I write about the real people in the real world.
My writing career is long and storied, starting with a piano piece I composed when I was eight. Response from my siblings to “A Snowy Day” was unenthusiastic at best. Then there was the book I wrote and illustrated for my daughter when she was three. “Jimmy and the Jets” was meant to help her overcome her fear of jets, which sometimes flew low over our house on approach to the local airport. My daughter is no longer afraid of jets, so I would consider that book a great success.
I currently write a lot of extremely short stories on Twitter, much of it what I call Darwinian humor. Like this: “For Tim, taunting the chimps at the zoo had its pluses and minuses. There was all that blood, but Stumpy was kind of a cool nickname.”
My full-length books:
The Storm before the Calm: The Early Lives of Venus and Hiro “The wedding that Thanksgiving weekend 1958 in Chicago should never have happened. Venus Ballesteros should have been on her way back to the Philippines. Hiro Tanamachi should have died in the war. Somehow, the man who had trained to die as a suicide.”
The Night Budda Got Deep in It “Urged on by Blood Mama, a voice only he hears, 15-year-old Kevin ‘Budda’ Jessico takes off from St. Louis for Kentucky to rescue his former foster sister, Addie. Budda isn’t convinced Addie is really in trouble until he encounters her Oxy-running blood brothers. A drug shipment has disappeared and so has Addie. The brothers have a mess to clean up, and Budda is soon in the middle of it.”
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