I have been writing since college—mostly fictional romps: short stories, partially finished novels, and even one micro-story (140 characters or less, spaces included). I have also written a few song lyrics (I no longer play any instruments, nor do I sing very well). One of my short stories placed 11th out of ~2000 in a national contest. Another (a Halloween short-short) took 1st place in a Southern California newspaper contest (the publication will remain nameless because I don’t want to embarrass them or me).
My only other claim to success right now is having published my first novel. I self-published, so it’s difficult at times to see it as a “success”, but I never submitted it because, frankly, I didn’t consider it my best work. I did, however, believe it was a good beach read and therefore decided to share it. It has done well, judging by the feedback and reviews at least.
I am currently working on the sequel to my first novel, and also on my magnum opus—a detective/cop novel set in my home state of Wyoming. If you care to read the first chapter, it was published in New West Magazine here. (I guess that does qualify as one more success, particularly considering that was my first paying gig!) [NOTE: New West is currently down, moving locations—I also posted the first chapter here.)
I live in Colorado. It ain’t Wyoming, but there are actual day jobs here that pay well. One of these days, I hope to retire to the remote mountains again and continue to write.
Oh, and I love dogs. I mean REALLY. We have three young Australian Shepherds and a Chihuahua that thinks she is a 40-pound Aussie!
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