I've always been a storyteller. I enjoy telling others' stories, and have done so as a journalist, public relations professional, and speechwriter. Occasionally I have told my own stories, as an essayist and memoirist with an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. I also enjoy sharing stories that I manufacture in my own head.
In short, I live to tell stories, and am grateful there are some who choose to listen.
I'm currently loving life near the coast just north of San Diego, California. It's quite a contrast to Washington, D.C., where I spent twenty-eight years as an investigative reporter, policy advocate and Obama Administration official. That was a great run, but it's hard to beat the Southern California life.
My wife joined me on our SoCal adventure. Our adult daughter lives just up I-5 in Los Angeles, and our adult son is soaking up the rays in Florida.
As for my creative life, it has ebbed and flowed over the decades. For much of my time in D.C. I wrote creative nonfiction, that is when my professional life didn't consume me. Not too long after relocating to California, my muse insisted I return to my lifelong passion, fiction. I'm enjoying the process of writing a mystery novel, spending time with characters that seem as real to me as those in my own life.