I have been writing fiction since my teens. I continued doing this through a twenty year career in the Foreign Service and now write full-time in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.
For me the sound of English comes from Shakespeare on the east side of the Atlantic and Mark Twain here on the west side. My favorite classic writers (meaning dead) are Faulkner, Dostoevsky, Chehkov, Flannery O'Connor, Proust, Joyce, Wharton, Hesse, Updike and Hemingway (the short stories and The Old Man and the Sea.) I've also spent a lot of time reading and rereading the Bible and Homer. Among living writers, I admire William Gass, Alice Munro, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Mario Vargas Llosa.
Although I've published two books of nonfiction--Nights in the Pink Motel and Identities in North America--I value fiction most of all. My short stories seem to have found a good audience among the editors of print and online literary journals. In the last year I've published stories in Main Street Rag, Consequence, Prick of the Spindle, Short Story Library, and Green Hills Literary Lantern. New stories are coming out in Fogged Clarity and Chamber Four.
Naval Institute Press, publisher of Nights in the Pink Motel: An American Strategist's Pursuit of Peace in Iraq
Reading, fishing, working out, kayaking, not getting old, sketching, keeping up with my family and friends, going to art museums, riding my touring bike, swimming, yoga.
World Wildlife Fund
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