About Me

My pen is a mighty tool. I’ve been using it all my life to tell stories and explore this world in all its natural wonder and human diversity. I write everything from the diminutive, but powerful, haiku to the full-bodied epic adventure. The first book in my epic fantasy series, The Legend of the Lumenstones, received perfect marks and a glowing review from the 25th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. The judge called the book “great fantasy fiction” and said it contained “a world and set of characters that rank up there with the great quest novels,” comparing the book to Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. 

Of all my writing endeavors in the past few years, I’m proud of the successful use of portions of my work in a juvenile detention center in SE Wisconsin to foster creative expression and encourage these children to develop their unique talents.

My passion for human rights manifests in a strong voice of advocacy for the persecuted and poor and an ongoing family effort that supports a range of humanitarian efforts. Watch where you step on my blog. I shatter a lot of glass of past hypocrisies with my pointed quill.

I love working with the camera and use my photography to illustrate the pieces I share on this blog, with a special emphasis on nature shots and work with a macro lens. The credit for all the photos of me goes to my talented, teenage daughter, who shares my enthusiasm for a good capture.

I’m a classically trained flutist with a rich and eclectic taste in music, performing everything from Mozart to jazz improvisation.  My favorite playing hours, however, find me behind the piano keys.

I am a graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

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