Veteran / Author / Speaker
Your most recent book is titled Shrapnel Wounds. What is the nature of the book?
Shrapnel Wounds is my Vietnam war memoir. It covers my service as a rifle platoon leader in the Vietnam war, beginning with my entry into the army and training several years before going to Vietnam and extending to my return to Vietnam many years after the war ended.
Can you tell me why you took so long to write this book? It’s now over fifty years since your time in Vietnam. What triggered you to take this on now?
Several things came together, first I had, over the years, put many of the stories included in the book down on my computer and saved them for myself. When I started writing action/adventure novels...
I am and have always been a voracious reader. I believe all writers have to be readers first.”
"The books I write have their roots in Asia as this has been where I have lived and worked most of my life since being assigned to serve as a rifle platoon leader in Vietnam over fifty years ago. I was wounded in combat during my tour and spent some weeks in an army hospital in Japan recovering from my wounds. It was that early exposure to Japan, a country I have always found fascinating, beautiful and enjoyable, that made me determined to complete my education and return to Asia to live and work. After spending nearly thirty years working in a number of Asian countries, I have spent the last fifteen years in a retirement position working for a charity in Bangkok that assists street kids."
Featured in World War II Quarterly / 2017
Merrill's Marauders in the China-Burma-India Theatre (1944) has been included in the fall issue of World War II Quarterly, which will be released in late October
Bronze Medal Award / 2015
Received the Bronze Medal award for "Murder in the Slaughterhouse" from the Military Writers Society of America
Goodreads / 2014-2015
Murder in the Slaughterhouse receives 4.3/5 stars on Goodreads.com