When Did You Begin Writing?
My first job was at a hardware store in Griffin where my Aunt Jane worked. I was putting lawn chairs and swing sets together and doing a lousy job. Of course, that job didn’t last long. My second job at barely sixteen was at Spalding Knitting Mills. I would load and take a cart around the mill selling my goods and picking up the used bottles. Hey, they were worth a nickel. Did I mention an aunt of mine ran that cafe? Okay, so it was an inside job. I did that five days a week, just after school. Eventually I graduated, did some night school classes, and decided to get into the computer field. No desire to write . . . yet.
I moved to Jackson, Mississippi in 1986, and the next year I became president of the Mississippi Computer Society. It was here I started a newsletter called “Bits and Bytes Review.” We started with 12 members and grew to over 200. While still doing the MCS newsletter, I joined the Mississippi Writers Association. Eventually, I became the Newsletter Editor for the Mississippi Writers Association and met many authors. Those two newsletters got me started in writing, and my interests blossomed while meeting real published authors.
What Authors Do You Enjoy Reading?
Robert Parker, J. D. McDonald, Lindsey Davis, Bill O’Reilly, Charles Wilson, Lawrence Block are my favorite authors. But I have many more of course.