I had the good fortune to grow up on Portland, Oregon's iconic S.W. Park Blocks. I was a kid of the '60's everything from bouffant hair to mini skirts and the Beatles. Many of my stories are reflections on that time of innocence and discovery.
I have been telling stories since I was a kid. I am fascinated by how each person adapts language to tell the story of their lives. I hope each of my stories, touches my readers in a small way. There are several themes that carry throughout my work, whether a short story or full length novel. Consistent themes include, abandonment, survivor guilt, coming of age sexual discovery, family relationships, grief, violence and loss of innocence and lastly, dementia.
I am listening. Please give me your feedback on what you think about my stories. If you came to the site to read erotic suspense I have it for you, however, there is a lot more here than just sex. I will be posting all chapters of Chasing The Spider. Watch for that! Please, subscribe. Enjoy.
I like to write short stories. When I get an idea it is like dealing with a caged animal that is demanding release. In such cases I am a "seat of the pants" kind of writer. Usually within an hour to forty eight hours these stories have taken shape and are on paper. Other times when I am writing a novel or a piece of extensive length I use an outline. Certainly the most recommended and proven tactic. There is a backstory to the origination of my novel, Chasing The Spider. It follows neither of the previously described methods. I lived at the Oregon coast for many years and was a member of a Cannon Beach writer's group facilitated by well-known Oregon writer, Mike Burgess. Most in the group were writing a book, and like me wanted to come and talk about our specific interests. Mike would often challenge us to come to our next weekly get together with something away from our regular projects such as, "write the first chapter of a book that will keep readers, reading." Or, "write something scary-no ghosts or monsters-just real life scary." Well, both those two 'assignments' ended up becoming part of my novel, ChasingTheSpider. The only point I'm making is that stories come to life in a variety of ways. In the case of Chasing The Spider, I needed to knit the chapters I'd written for the group together into an intelligent story, certainly different than my usual writing style.