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. Currently my muse is very much alive, and a bit of a taskmaster. After I took a break from creative writing for about three years, she cracked the whip and insisted I write a novel. I began my creative writing life with fiction, but had shifted to creative nonfiction in the last decade or so. Still, storytelling is storytelling, and I'm enjoying spending time in the imagined worlds that are my ongoing fiction projects.