Obviously, I’m a writer, but I’m so much more too. I guess you could say I aspire to live a life like Ernest Hemingway, minus the ending.
Let’s heed that age-old advice of show don’t tell and use photographs to learn more about me. A picture is worth a thousand words, right?
I hold an MBA in marketing and a BBA in finance from the University of Kentucky.
I chose to go this route because writing is as much a business as an art.
(By the way, the beautiful lady in the photo is now my wife.)
Before committing to a life of endless editing and too many rejection letters, I worked as a US Park Ranger for Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway, where I served as a federal law enforcement officer, wildland firefighter, and emergency medical technician.
Oh, the stories I can tell.
Another job duty was hunting wild boar.
I’m a huge animal lover, but these invasive hogs eat endangered salamanders and out-compete bears for food.
I’ve been bluff charged by black bears more times than I can count but never hurt. It’s a bi-product of working so closely with them every day.
Here’s three photos from the law enforcement academy.
I’m getting pepper sprayed in the pictures below. Once it was in our eyes, we were required to draw our gun and apprehend a suspect. Not fun.
Here’s a photo of technical rescue training. I’ve served as a crew member on almost 50 rescues and incident commander of 8.
I love to spend my free time in the outdoors. In the picture below, my wife and I are standing at the pinnacle of Humphrey’s Peak, the highest point in Arizona.
While in college, I built a wooden fishing boat from scratch. Isn’t she a beauty?
I like to play guitar (and harmonica) and sing off key. This is a photo of me singing in Lexington, KY at Pork Fest, a charity concert I organized two years in a row that raised over $3,000 to help the homeless.
I spend way too much time wrenching on cars, and this blossomed into my first novel,The Highway-Song Holy-Roller Lovesick Rebellion.
I’m also an aspiring handyman. My wife and I bought a foreclosed home and restored it over the course of a year.
My wife and I enjoy ballroom dancing. We’re not up to Dancing With The Starsquality, but we’re not bad.