Yesterday, I had the privilege of speaking to a high school literary group. I shared my journey as an author, passed out free bookmarks, and showed them the original manuscript.
I thought they would find the facts dull, but instead, their eyes lit up and there was a “connection.” We conversed about writing and marketing instead of me merely pitching Tears of Min Brock like a sleazy car salesman. In short, I’ve found MY way to connect with my audience and readers. And walking out to my car, I also realized that for a brief moment, I was a teacher. What a great feeling!
This shouldn’t surprise me. After all, my Dad was a college professor and had a true gift for taking complex subject matter and not only making it palatable, but enjoyable to learn.
Sure, I hope all those kids went home, looked up my book and ordered it. But even if they didn’t, I’m still going to reach out to other schools.
I've played bass for Shania Twain, had a black rhino charge me while on safari, and I've been in the Oval Office. In high school, I went backstage to interview groups like Bob Seger, Rush and Kansas, sorta like "Almost Famous" but without Kate Hudson! As an author, I draw from all these experiences (and then some) when crafting my stories. The quote that sums me up the best is by G.K. Chesterton: "Nay, the really sane man know that he has a touch of the madman."
I'm married, the father of four wonderful children, and a proud grandfather. I currently live near Nashville, TN where I write, bike and am always on the prowl for adventure and stories.