I was born in Sioux City, Iowa. After graduating from school, I joined the
U.S. Navy. That started my career of traveling all over the world. Just
before my enlistment was up, I flew around the world in seven days.
Upon returning to Sioux City, I married, raised four children and began
a career in emergency management. I started as a volunteer
emergency civil defense worker, then a full time civil defense director,
and a civilian disaster preparedness officer for the U.S. Air Force. For
26 years before my retirement, I was a federal emergency coordinator
for several federal agencies.
Over the years, many people have asked why I chose this profession,
and I always give the same answer. "If I could save one life, all of it
would be worth it." What I did not say was that I was out to save
thousands of lives if a major disaster should occur. I have never
regretted the path I chose. It was a remarkable career that led me right
to the steps of the White House.
My first novel, THE SHADOW GOVERNMENT, was written in 1999, two
years before the 9-11 attacks and the actual activation of the shadow
government program. It's a story of fiction that has in many ways
become reality. Even so, it's a story that needed telling.
I now live in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia with my wife and man's
best friend...Lady Samantha. I continue to write and find myself busier
now than when I had a nine-to-five job. On second thought, I never
really had that type of job because I was always on stand-by for what
might have happened. I find deep satisfaction in writing and hope you
enjoy my books.
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