In my writing (novels, screenplays, poetry), I delight in connecting "dots" and posing provocative questions. I also love the Lord and all things patriotic, West Point, Christmas, and Dickens, as well as traveling the world and talking to diverse groups about my narratives and life experiences.
My first narrative, The Parting: A Story of West Point on the Eve of the Civil War, has won awards and speaks to the most traumatic period in U.S. history - the American Civil War. This factually-based story is told in flashback from the first major battle of the war (First Bull Run), and the reader experiences history through the lens of West Point and those about to graduate and face each other in combat.
My second narrative, Eben Kruge, is a story about Charles Dickens and what and who inspired him to write A Christmas Carol, and has been optioned for a feature film.
I will soon publish my third novel, Sông Bé, a fiction based in fact that begins three hours before an evening symphony performance at the Orpheum Theater in present day New Orleans. Richard Foxworth (Fox), an internationally renowned architect, is suddenly undone by what his wife discovers in the lining of his old army field jacket. The find unearths his role as a second lieutenant in the Battle of Sông Bé during the Vietnam Tet Offensive of 1968 – a battle in which he is severely wounded and medevac’d to Walter Reed Army Hospital. After six months at Walter Reed, with no recollection of the battle and having the same disturbing dream every night since the battle, Fox is transferred to Rollingwood Sanitarium for psychological treatment.
More about me
I am the first of three brothers to graduate from West Point and a member of the Class of 1967. Six months after graduation, I deployed to Vietnam with the third brigade of the 101st Airborne Division as the artillery forward observer for D Company of the 1/506th Infantry (WWII "Band of Brothers"), an experience that figures in my writing of Sông Bé. After short tours in Vietnam and flying in the Middle East as an Army aviator, I resigned my commission, became a consulting engineer (Civil and Environmental), and formed my own company.
Along the way, I have served as an adjunct professor in SMU's graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science, and as adjunct assistant professor in West Point's Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.
Since selling my company and operating as a sole practitioner, my wife and I have shared time between Sandestin, Florida, and the Vail Valley of Colorado, where I play at being a mountain man and have served five years as a Vail Resorts ski instructor.
Whether penning a story, taking a six-year-old grandson to the top of a Colorado "Fourteener," bringing the joy of skiing to three Alabama sisters, or sipping Venice wine, life has been good and I have been blessed.