I was born in Velasco, Texas a small town on the Gulf Coast and raised in the even smaller town of Port Isabel, Texas. Like the protagonist in my first novel Point Deception I ran away from home, lied about my age, and joined the Coast Guard at the tender age of 14. Although my single mom found out about it while I was still in boot camp she agreed to let me stay in providing I obtained at least my high school GED. After leaving the Coast Guard I attended the University of Houston and transferred to Baylor College of Medicine (PA program) graduating in 1974. After graduation I joined the Army as an airborne combat physician assistant. Almost a decade later I left the Army to practice in the civilian sector before finally joining the Navy Military Sealift Command as a civilian mariner physician assistant. I started writing my first novel Point Deception about two years ago during a long deployment at sea. The book was released by my publisher Eloquent Books in November 2009. As most first novels tend to be it started as a fictionalized autobiography. The story soon took on a life of its own; turning into a Coast Guard story in honor of the men and women of the Coast Guard, America's smallest, oldest, and proudest sea service as seen through the eyes of the protagonist Tim Kelly, a likable character with a tortured soul. I retired from the Military Sealift Command on February 27, 2010 and now reside in Warwick, New York where I intend to devote full time to my new career as an author.
I am currently working on a sequel to Point Deception titled The Campeche Reprisal.
SYNOPSIS: Undercover Texas DEA agent Tim Kelly is rescued after seven days of torture at the hands of the ruthless Campeche Drug Cartel; he plans to marry Brenda Conrad the love of his life. When Brenda and her best friend, the daughter of the Governor of Texas, are kidnapped by the Cartel and taken to a secret location in the jungles of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, Tim recruits a local Mayan rebel leader to help him rescue the two women.
You've, never lived;
'Til, you've almost died;
For, those who fight for it;
Freedom, has a flavor;
The, protected will never know!