Writing is my vocation and the only job that has ever mattered. As a writer, I can do what I want, pursue any interest, try something new each time. That’s important, because I crave variety and abhor routine. For example:
- In school, I got degrees in wildly different fields (computer science, film production, geology).
- I’ve had so many jobs. (Babysitter, duck caretaker. Switchboard operator, warehouse clerk, bank lackey, secretary, substitute teacher, bookkeeper, bureaucrat. Motion picture story analyst, low-budget TV producer. Scientific research internship director. Earthquake consultant. Professor. Disaster scientist.)
- I move a lot.
- I always have many animals around (currently 4 cats).
- This blog’s header alternates dozens of images.
- It figures that my kids would be boy-girl twins with only a birthdate in common.
Before getting snared by my two series, I never wrote the same kind of book twice. In 1992, in hardcover, Bantam-Doubleday-Dell published my psychological thriller that involves split brain research, animal rights and a love quadrangle, Was It A Rat I Saw. Somehow 20 years and several careers elapsed, during which I only wrote the novella C.R.I.M.E. Science, in which an offbeat group of scientists and techies solve crimes. In 2012 I realized how much I missed writing and resumed with the literary fiction Scar Jewelry, a multi-generational coming-of-age tale about a family with secrets. I’m in the research stages of an occult historical drama.
Nowadays I feel considerable urgency to write. I’m in the final books of my speculative detective series, FRAMES (Nica of Los Angeles, Nica of the New Yorks, Boredom Fighter), featuring a self-taught detective who pursues cases across multiple dimensions. I’ve just finished the 9-novella young-adult series DDsE, the diary of a 16-year-old girl who faces love, paranormal dangers, and adventures with a feral cat, a jokester lizard, and various people who are not human.
I’ve also started writing short stories and will soon be publishing the first volume, Debut, A Prose LP. Then, much to my surprise, every once in a while I sit down to do something else and a poem happens.
I live in southern California where I enjoy live music, attempting to draw, reading, walking, wandering spiritual paths, beaches, mountains, dream tending, family, and friends. If I had all the money in the world I would have an abode in each of its great cities then still mostly stay at home.