authorphotoWelcome to my home website and author blog.  If you found this site from the links in the back of one of my books or on one of my speciality blogs, I hope you will find something of interest here as well.  My ongoing book projects have taken precedence over maintaining several niche blogs, so I intend to use the blog page on this site to post updates about my books, the writing process and my travels and adventures.

I began writing more than 20 years ago to share those adventures, especially those related to wilderness and ocean travel.  Most of what would later become my second book: On Island Time: Kayaking the Caribbean, was first scribbled in a notebook each night in my tent by candlelight as I paddled my way south from Florida to the Virgin Islands.  A condensed account of that solo kayak trip became my first published work in the form of a feature article for Sea Kayaker magazine in 1990.

Those first articles eventually led to ten traditionally-published books: seven of them nonfiction and three novels. I’m glad I had the opportunity to experience the traditional publication process, but by late 2014, I decided it was time to move on and embrace the changes that were sweeping the industry. Seeing the opportunity to reach more readers and publish what I wanted on a much faster schedule, I went independent in 2015 and continued to write and publish sequels to my first two novels: The Pulse and The Darkness After. Both have become ongoing series, and a new series and more standalone novels are in the works. Now that independent publishing has allowed me to pursue writing fiction full time, new books will be coming at an exponentially faster rate than those first ten, and it is to my readers alone that I owe my ability to continue doing this.

I’ve been an avid reader myself since  childhood, and even then I often thought I would like to be a writer.  Many of the books I read growing up had a tremendous influence on my life choices later, inspiring me to live my dreams and set out on some challenging adventures of my own.  It was inevitable that I would end up writing books someday, but the advent of the Internet has changed this business in ways I would have never imagined, most of them great for both the reader and the writer.

Today more than ever, it is possible for a writer to connect with readers in so many new and interesting ways that I could not imagine not being a writer. Blogging and other forms of digital publishing as well as digital photography and video have made it possible to instantaneously get a message to anyone worldwide.  It’s an exciting time to live in and I’m delighted to be able to participate. Thank you for stopping by, and thank you for reading.