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Born 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 discovered backpacking.

With an 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.

Always an 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

That little book 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.

I have 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 second volume is a collection of stories from my backpacking experiences across America and into Chilean Patagonia.

Ever 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 admit that Thomas Pynchon continues to grow on me.

When my 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 since 1998.