In a thimble, my interests are cycling, travel, reading, playing guitar, writing books and cavorting with my lovely wife, J'nette.
Here are a few things I've seen and done:
-- I like to write at the library or at local coffeehouses. Several of my books have been completed on a iPad while wintering in the tropics.
-- Themes that seem to recur or matter to me in my books include obession, unrequited love, the balance between justice and revenge, and adventure (a euphemism for getting into a nasty jam and figuring a way out of it).
-- Born in Grand Rapids, MI in 1952, I earned my BA in journalism from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1976, with a minor in photography. I'm sure my college journalism department would have voted me least likely to succeed.
-- After a stint as a newspaper reporter and editor in the metro Detroit area, I high-tailed it to Traverse City, MI, creating a variety of publications and fielding media relations for Munson Medical Center in the 1980s.
-- In 1991, my best friend George Foster and I launched the alternative Northern Express Weekly, which we ran for 23 years. Our first issues were created in my kitchen on a primitive 30-meg Mac Plus computer. The Express went on to become northern Michigan's largest weekly newspaper with a readership of 75,000 covering a radius of more than 150 miles of the region. We sold it in 2013.
-- I'm the author of three nonfiction books: "Planet Backpacker," a memoir on backpacking around the world (2008)," Biking Northern Michigan" (2014) and (2021); and "I Promised You Adventure" (formerly, "Travels With My Wife," 2015), another global backpacking memoir.
-- My first novel, "Windigo Moon," was published by Blank Slate Press in 2017. In 2018 I published the thriller, "Bicycle Hobo" through my