This won’t be a biography because I don’t expect a book of my life would be much of a “page turner”.
This website is about me as a writer and author, so here I provide the highlights (or lowlights as the case might be) then focus on my life as a writer and author, because creating “page turners” are my passion.
I was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended John Carroll University where I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. In 1975 I went to work for Shell Oil Company.
One year later, I married Kathy and four years later, in 1980, our daughter Jackie was born.
In the early 1980’s, Shell Oil reorganized and consolidated operations. The Cleveland regional office was one of the locations targeted to close. A number of employees, including me, were offered the option of relocating with the company, while others were forced to find employment elsewhere. I searched for opportunities locally, but the job market was lean at the time, so despite a reluctance to leave family and friends, in November of 1981, we relocated to Alton, a small town in Southern Illinois whose claim to fame was a debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas on October 15, 1858. For those of you interested in the supernatural, Alton is considered one of the most haunted small towns in America.
Eighteen months later, in May of 1983, our son Bryan was born.
While working in Illinois, I developed an interest in the Information Technology field and wanted to further my education and change my career path. I attended night school at Washington University in St. Louis, fully aware that a career in IT with Shell Oil almost certainly meant a second relocation. One thing led to another, and in 1988, after earning a second bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, we packed up and moved to Sugar Land, Texas, a suburb of Houston. For you movie buffs, a Steven Spielberg directed movie, The Sugarland Express starring Goldie Hawn, was filmed there in 1974.
In the early 1990’s, like many businesses in the U.S., Shell Oil reacted to the pressure to reduce costs to remain competitive in the oil and gas industry. Outsourcing became a viable but unpopular option because of its adverse effect on the U.S. employment situation.
Long story short, although I survived a number of downsizings, I was presented my “walking papers” after a 30-year career. A generous severance package allowed me to take the next 18 months off to write while “occasionally” looking for work.
I couldn’t afford to officially retire, so from 2006 to 2012, I worked three separate contract assignments in the IT field, ranging from 8 months to 2 1/2 years.
More details of perhaps the most memorable years of my life will appear in a book titled, The Hand of God, currently in the planning stages.