Coming of Age
My novels are inspired by world travel, rock and roll lifestyle and courtroom drama. They're about real people; not super heroes. It's about Boomer Lit, reconnecting people to their hopes and dreams.
Coming September 2020
Mark Paul Smith's hitchhike from Indiana to India in 1972 changed him from being an Air Force Officer into a conscientious objector. He hitchhiked through the Iron Curtain and worked on a collective farm in Hungary only to find that communism wasn't our real enemy. He met people from North Vietnam who showed him the real enemy was the U.S. war machine. Being an American was not popular in those days, but the people of the world showed Smith kindness and kept him alive when he ran out of money. The long road to decision showed him that people everywhere want peace, not war. His faith in the United States of America was restored when he sued the government and won his case in federal court.
I started writing for the newspaper in 1972. It was thirty reporters in a sprawling newsroom, getting yelled at by a curmudgeonly editor chain smoking Camel straights. From writing obituaries as "the death editor," to covering cops, schools, social services, city government and features, I learned that if a man bites a dog, you got a story.
I'm old enough now that everyone I meet reminds me of someone I knew before. I've found that people all over the world are pretty much the same. We all love a good story, one that teaches us about ourselves and how we fit into the big mystery. I write about the good life and the bad life and how the important decisions have a way of making themselves.