At the Texas orphanage where I grew up I received a horrific beating on the pretext of stealing a fountain pen. I avoided more beatings by hiding in a corner and reading books. Now I write about those times. The heroes of my stories are orphans and those who make their journey into adulthood more bearable. My chaotic childhood and the nine years I spent at the Tarrant County Children's Home during the 1950s and '60s are the subject of my current memoir project. My writing has won contests and been published in various literary magazines, including Forum and Synchronized Chaos.
I recently relocated to the Portland, Oregon, area from the San Francisco Bay Area, which was home from 1993 to 2016, where I advocated for Seabirds and fair housing.
My BBA is from the University of Texas at Arlington, where I first majored in biology. A retired former CPA and Chief Financial Officer, I now write for publication. Am also a Vietnam-era former U.S. Marine.