In 1974, a lady I had never met and would never meet again advised me, in a chance encounter in New Orleans, to try my hand at writing. Her advice came to mind again and again over the next quarter-century. In 2002, I started writing short fiction and nonfiction pieces in my spare time. I joined the South Carolina Writers Workshop in 2003 and have been an active member ever since. I served as the chairman of the Aiken, South Carolina, chapter in 2007-2009 and was a member of the state board of directors in 2010-2011. In 2013, I received an Honorable Mention for Novel First Chapter in SCWW's Carrie McCray Literary Awards. This excerpt, titled "Parthian Shot," introduces my novel-in-progress The Vials of Wrath.
In addition, the Union County (NC) Writers Club honored me with 1st place for creative nonfiction for 2013 for my piece titled "A Deadly Intimacy." One of my short stories, "Vulture Capitalist," has been selected by the Savannah Writers Club for publication in its first anthology, available in May, 2015 on amazon.com.
My writing style was forged at the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where I studied under a number of eminent historians who gave me an appreciation for painstaking research, careful formulation of written pieces, and receptivity to scholarly criticism.
I'm publishing an e-book of some of my previously published stories, titled Tangled Woods and Dark Waters, in the spring of 2017. Look for ordering details on this page.
My novel tentatively titled Faith, Hope, and Dr. Vangelis, is now under contract with Deer Hawk Publications. Look for it in 2018! It's a tale of healing and forgiveness, as seen through the eyes of an elderly doctor who has remarkable powers in confronting life and death.This novel received a 2nd Place Award in the 2015 Carrie McCray Novel First Chapter competition. Another publication project is Meredith's Song, a celebration of the life and legacy of USC Aiken basketball great Meredith Legg Stapleton. It will appear in early 2019.
My special thanks go to the Aiken chapter of the South Carolina Writers Association, especially:
from whose criticism and encouragement I've benefited greatly.