and raised in Mississippi, I fell in love with camping, hunting, and
fishing at a very early age. By the time I was twelve years old I had
education that veered from
engineering to studio art to religion to philosophy and back to
religion, I settled on a career in Information Technology. Do not
underestimate the value of a liberal arts education.
avid reader, I wrote occasionally for my
own pleasure, and one year as
a Christmas gift for my young nieces, I wrote, illustrated, and had
printed a short memoir about my dog Scrappy and life on my
grandparents’ farm during my
proved to be so popular with family and friends (admittedly not the
harshest of critics), that after over 30 years in IT, I decided to
devote myself to writing.
been blessed over my lifetime with an indulgent wife, the
wherewithal to afford the trips, and a
cadre of like-minded with which to go backpacking. Some of these
friends I have known practically my entire life; many were made in the
more than 30 years that I have worked with the Boy Scouts. My
is a collection of stories from my backpacking experiences
across America and into Chilean Patagonia.
since I could make sense out of a page of text, I have taken to heart William Faulkner's
advice to "Read, read, read. Read everything - trash, classics, good and bad,
and see how they do it". And although
I read everything from Edgar Rice Burroughs and Isaac Asimov
to Lee Child and Ian Fleming, from natural history to military history,
from biography to cosmology, from Tolstoy to Melville to Twain, my very
favorite authors, the
ones I go back to time and again, are Faulkner, Cormac
McCarthy, Charles Frazier, and Patrick O'Brian. Lately I have been
reading a lot of Lin Enger, Jeffery Lent, and Donna Tartt. And I must
that Thomas Pynchon continues to grow on me.
wife Sherrie and I married, I gained not just a wonderful wife but an
instant family: her outstanding young, teenaged twin sons.
They are both grown and married now with children of
their own. Sherrie and I have made our home in North Carolina