I was born and raised on oatmeal in the rubber capital of the world, Akron, Ohio, a city I hold near and dear. Although I now live in the Philippines, I’ll never release Akron from my heart.
I’m the father of two young children, an archaeology junkie, and an initiated follower of Lord Sri Krishna. I dream of seeing the Himalayas in Nepal, taking a stroll on the Great Wall of China, watching the sunset over the pyramids and traveling through India visiting all of the holy temples and shrines.
I have always loved mysteries. Growing up I couldn’t get enough of Sherlock Holmes and Poirot stories and I regularly dissected Ellery Queen magazine. In high school I drifted away from a lot of the popular culture and got lost in the old Noir films on cable television and stayed up late watching Alfred Hitchcock or reading Raymond Chandler. I was glued to the television watching reruns of Colombo, Dragnet, and Magnum P.I. Any detective show or murder mystery, new or old, I was on top of it.
But it wasn’t a mystery that sparked the scribe in me. I hadn’t ever thought of being a writer until I had entered the hospital for an appendectomy. (This was back in the days when you had to stay in the hospital after an appendectomy.) Out of sheer boredom, I picked up a book that someone had brought me to pass the time. I hadn’t been much of a reader outside of Huckleberry Finn and the aforementioned mystery stories up to that point. The book was The Catcher in The Rye by J.D. Salinger. I read the entire thing in one setting. When I finished the last page and closed the back cover I said to myself, This is it, this is what I want to do. I want to write books.
From that point on I was hooked. I read anything and everything I could get my hands on, sometimes reading two or three books at a time. A few of my early influences are J.D. Salinger, Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, Ayn Rand and Raymond Chandler. (Unlike most people, I am NOT a fan of Hemingway.)
That was over 20 years ago. Now in my forties and having written hundreds of stories, four novels, and thousands of journal pages (which will never see the light of day), I settled comfortably into the genre of mystery and suspense. My original passion. I created Duke Bradley, private eye and his beautiful, Indian princess partner, Special Agent Shriya Thakur with the FBI and haven’t looked back. The introductory novel, Thirteen Years of Dust (2016 GenZ Publishing). gets us acquainted with Duke and Shriya as they work together for the first time to solve the thirteen year old slaying of Karen Linford. The second installment, The Price For Harmony (2017 Floating Comma Publishing), is a darker, more involved mystery delving into Akron, Ohio’s gritty subculture as Duke and Shriya team up once again to solve the gruesome, cold case murder of Harmony Bane.