I began writing fiction when I was eleven years old. After five colleges - a degree in literature and graduate work in comparative literature - I worked as a truck driver, a construction worker, a clam digger and other jobs requiring considerable physical stamina. Then I learned accounting on the side and worked twenty years as a controller/director in hotels and casinos (eight with Trump). I still write fiction. I'm still eleven years old. If you add up all the numbers above and divide it by the number of ways you can spell "while", or "wile", it'll be pretty damn close to one of my lucky numbers.
Since I write both literary fiction and works which lean toward the genre of magical realism, I would cite a number of influences. In terms of literary fiction, my work is - and continues to be - influenced by writers as diverse as Julio Cortazar (tone, style, fluidity of language), Jorge Borges and Italo Calvino (the mechanics of story-telling), William Faulkner (the embracement, development and refinement of "mythos" within a group of works), James Joyce (the implementation of interior monologue), E.E. Cummings (the sound of language), Joseph Campbell (archetypal elements, particularly in the revelation of character) and several of the French existential writers, such as Camus and Sartre. More recently, I've allowed influences from C. S. Lewis and Philip Pullman - but only insofar as resolving some of the treatment issues in "Finding Christmasville," which is the companion novel to "Christmasville, my current offering.
It is anticipated that the third volume in the Christmasville Trilogy will be completed in the fall of 2014.
"Saving Christmasville" (The final book in the Christmasville Trilogy)" (available October, 2014).
"Emperor of the House of Cards", which is a fictional distillation - a metaphysical comic book" - of my twenty years of employment in the hotel and casino industry (including eight years w/the Trump Organization in Atlantic City, NJ. (available in 2015).
"The Tower of Circular References", which a collection of twelve short stories (including, "The Notion of Zero" - BEST NEW WRITING 2007, and a single one-act play (available in 2015).
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Writing fiction. Reading fiction. Publishing. Paddling in the bay in my kayak. Listening to music. Being with my family. Relaxing in Linden Park with a glass of wine.
The Salvation Army (yes, it's still out there)
Native American organizations
St. Jude's Children Hospital
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